TBILISI, DFWatch – Another suspect in the attack on de facto Abkhazian president is reported to have committed suicide.
Ria Novosti reports that Temur Khutaba hanged himself. He was one of the men suspected in the failed assassination attempt on Alexander Ankvab on February 22.
Apsnypress reports that Khutaba hanged humself in the night between April 17 and 18 in a preliminary detention cell, by using his clothes. The government-affiliated Abkhazian news agency reports that there were found no other bodily injuries so far. Apsnypress quotes the press office of the de facto Prosecutor General of Abkhazia. Khutaba was born in 1971.
The suicide has not been confirmed by police, who cite concern for the secrecy of the investigation, Russian media writes.
Ria Novosti reports that a third suspect, Murtaz Sakania, on Monday tried to cut his throat while being arrested, but the injury was not fatal. Apsnypress reports that Sakania was born in 1976 and was from Gudauta.
Yesterday, a former Interior Minister of the de facto republic was found in his apartment, dead from a gunshot wound.
The February 22 attack was the sixth assassination attempt on Ankvab during his political career. He survived, but two of his guards died in the shooting, which involved a rocket-propelled grenade.
On April 12, de facto police in Abkhazia announced the detention of six people who are suspected of having carried out the attack. Two of them were later released, while Sukhumi Court on April 14 approved temporary detention for the remaining four.