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New investigation into death of Georgian PM

by | Nov 27, 2012

Most Georgians do not think they have been told the truth about the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005. (DFWatch photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch — Investigators in Georgia have reopened the case of the death of a former prime minister, according to his brother.

Goga Zhvania, brother of Zurab Zhvania, who served as Saakashvili’s first prime minister from 2004 to 2005, yesterday evening was questioned at the prosecutor’s office.

Afterwards, he told journalists that an investigation has been launched and documentation has been handed over to the prosecutor’s office, although he didn’t specify what exactly had been submitted.

However, he said the investigation may revolve around certain people: Zurab Adeisvhili, Former Justice Minister, President Mikheil Saakashvili and Vano Merabishvili, former Interior Minister, to find out whether they fabricated evidence in order to try to keep the case secret.

February 3, 2005, Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was found dead at his friend’s flat in Tbilisi, together with the corpse of Raul Usupov, Deputy Trustee of Kvemo Kartli region.

According to the official version, they died from gas poisoning, but the family claims the PM was killed.

Zurab Zhvania was one of the leaders of the Rose Revolution and part of Mikheil Saakashvili’s team, together with Nino Burjanadze, former Parliament Speaker, who later joined the opposition.



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