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Court acquits pathologist on trial in Georgian PM’s 2005 death

by | Mar 17, 2015
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Levan Chachua. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in Georgia has acquitted a forensic expert who was on trial for negligence in connection with the death of a prime minister in 2005.

Levan Chachua sat almost nine months in detention, accused of not noticing marks of violence on the body of Zurab Zhvania while performing an autopsy after his controversial death in 2005.

But last month the court let him out on bail for 10,000 laris (USD 5,000), and yesterday the court found him not guilty and awarded him compensation for damages.

His lawyer Giorgi Pantsulaia said there didn’t exist any witnesses or evidence which could prove the guilt of his client.

Prosecutor Revaz Nadoi said the office plans to appeal the decision to the Appeals Court.

“There is no motivation which would justify decision of court,” he said after today’s hearing adding that the judge Davit Mgeliashvili didn’t turn out to be objective and neutral.

After leaving the court building, Chachua said he expected such a ruling, adding that he doesn’t plan to sue the law enforcers who brought charges against him.

“Everyone can make a mistake.”

Zhvania’s death was immediately explained as an accident due to a faulty gas heater, but it is a widespread opinion that he was murdered. After the change of government in 2012, the case was reopened.



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