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Svani militants amnestied in Georgia

2013-03-01 14:32

In Georgia, the brothers Shmagi and Gocha Aprasidze, convicted of organizing a criminal group, have been pardoned. On Friday night, March 1, they were released from prison, the reported.


Representatives of Svani clan were convicted in 2004, shortly after the "Rose Revolution" and the coming to power of Mikheil Saakashvili. A large-scale operation was organized for their detention, through which the new government tried to demonstrate its policy of "zero tolerance to crime".

According to the Interfax, the clan of Aprasidzes "controlled the situation" in the mountainous region of Svaneti back in the Soviet times.

The large-scale special operation in Svaneti was organized in March 2004. It involved ten helicopters to land about a hundred Special Forces soldiers in the village of Ezer. As a result of gunfire, the head of the clan of Aprasidzes and one of his sons were killed. Two other sons were arrested and later sentenced to 18 and 20 years in prison, the Rosbalt recalls.

Saakashvili later admitted that the operation had been carried out on his orders. Widow of the assassinated head of the clan has declared that the activities of the security forces had been illegal and demanded to punish those who had organized the operation.


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