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Case of Georgian PM’s death to be reopened

by | Oct 26, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch — The day after a new government was approved by parliament in Georgia, it is already clear that the case of one of the most controversial deaths in the country’s history will be reopened.

The brother of the late Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was recently elected for parliament representing the Georgian Dream coalition which is now in government, and went on Maestro TV Thursday night to level tough accusations against several top people in the former government.

Giorgi Zhvania claimed that the death of his brother in 2005, was staged by Mikheil Saakashvili, Vano Merabishvili, Zurab Adeishvili and Giorgi Baramidze.

He further said that there will be an inquiry into his brother’s death in order to expose the truth about what happened.

According to the MP, the government has lied about it, by saying that Zhvania’s death was an accident, as there is evidence to the contrary.

Giorgi Zhvania says Mikheil Machavariani and Giorgi Baramidze, who worked together with Zhvania and now are MPs for the National Movement party, still claim they are sure that the official version of the PM’s death is true.

“None of them had a desire to speak with me, when I asked certain questions, why I had such questions. They always have been government mouthpieces and have always done what government wanted them to do. The government wanted to hide the truth,” he says.

Giorgi Zhvania blames MP Giorgi Baramidze of being personally involved in staging the death of his brother, as he decorated a table in the room where the body was discovered.

“They took food, Borjomi, cognac, when they staged the scene. Mikheil Saakashvili chaired this and Baramidze was participating,” Zhvania said.

He claimed to know the identity of the person who killed his brother and he plans to give this information to law enforcement bodies.

The brother of the late prime minister also accuses Vano Merabishvili, secretary of the National Movement, who for many years was Interior Minister, and recently Prime Minister. Others he named were Zurab Adeishvili, former Justice Minister, and Giorgi Baramidze, former Minister for Euro-Integration.

Even though official results after examining the body raised questions in society, the investigation was closed long ago. The official reason of death was poisoning by natural gas from a heater in the room. Zhvania died in the house of friend. For all the years since it occured in February 2005, his wife and relatives have claimed that it was a murder, not an accident, and have demanded a proper investigation of the case.

Zhvania was one of the leaders of the 2003 Rose Revolution, which brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power as president, Zhvania as prime minister and Nino Burjanadze as speaker of parliament. Zhvania was considered one of the closest persons to Saakashvili at the time. He was announced dead February 3, 2005.



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