TBILISI, DFWatch–The Netherlands on Tuesday extradited a former Georgian intelligence official known as ‘Mastera’.
Giorgi Dgebuadze, a former official of the Constitutional Security Council (Kudi), was transferred by the request of Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office.
He is charged with premeditated murder and abuse of powers and has been subject to an Interpol Red Alert since March 7, 2013.
Dgebuadze was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2014 and extradited to Georgia on March 22 as a results of negotiations.
“Giorgi Dgebuadze is charged with abuse of the official power and participation in the murder of three young men – Shota Gorgadze, Marad Artmeladze and Roman Surmanidze – at Navtlughi station on January 12, 2006, together with Davit Akhalaia, head of the Constitutional Security Department, and other higher officials of the same department; crimes of Article 109 and Article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia,” the statement of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office reads.
“Tbilisi City Court is hearing the case on merits in relation to the aforementioned and judgment of guilt is already rendered against other co-perpetrators.”
The brother of prisoner Gia Gorgadze and two of his friends, who were accused for allegedly planning an armed attack on Prison No 1 in Rustavi, were suspiciously murdered in Tbilisi at Navtlughi metro station. The murdered victims received at least 10 bullets.
Mastera may be sentenced to from ten to twenty years in jail. The others charged in the same case are Davit Akhalaia, Levan Kardava and Giorgi Mazmishvili.
Since 2005, Dgebuadze was head of the Second Department of Kudi. Later, former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia appointed him head of the Security and Special Operation Department of the Military Police.
Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze said Dgebuadze was extradited based on the Navtlughi special operation case.
Shotadze told journalists that extradition has been a long process and the Prosecutor General’s Office made great efforts to get Dgebuadze to Georgia.
“Every country has a different procedure for extradition. In this case, the court was involved. Every instance of court considered the case and how human rights would be defended in case of his extradition,” he said, adding that the extradition has dragged out too much.
It is unknown whether Dgebuadze plans to cooperate with the investigation and give testimonies for the particular case or any other case.
Davit Abesadze, Dgebuadze’s lawyer, says that his client denies guilt.
“He is not charged in any other case, despite other accusations and media reports,” Abesadze said.
Dgebuadze was a loyal assistant of Data Akhalaia. He left Georgia after the parliamentary election in October 2012, along with Akhalaia, as did many members of the Saakashvili government.
Dgebuadze is officially charged in only one case, but he is often associated with the case of the missing ranger Davit Tsindeliani in 2008 and the murder of a military spy from Batumi, Roin Shavadze. He has also been related to the case of deceased businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, when a video was published showing how Dgebuadze planned to hire a contract killer in order to assassinate Patarkatsishvili.