TBILISI, DFWatch–Minister of Interior Irakli Gharibashvili says Georgia received assistance from the US in the investigation about the so-called jihad videos, and the government is preparing to announce an international search for the suspect through Interpol.
Gharibashvili says it was a difficult case because cyber-crime is a challenge in the twenty-first century and a type of crime which in many cases cannot be solved.
Speaking on TV3, he said that the Americans assisted Georgian investigators, but he didn’t specify further details, as the investigation is not yet finished.
“We must find out the real reasons why these videos were made, uploaded, what the purpose was and what motivation this person had, who his supporters were,” he said.
The minister said he assumes that the suspect Samar Chokutaev might have ‘acted alone.’
“Those who know technologies of doing clips, know that this was easy to make,” he continued, adding that there are no other suspects for the moment, but the investigation continuing along several leads.
The journalist asked him why the ministry didn’t inform the public that a suspect was indentified one month ago.
“This is pretty easy, because this case was opened on an operational level, but it didn’t mean that we had appropriate evidence and were ready to charge this person,” he responded.
The minister said, the ministry is currently preparing material for Interpol.
“We have already announced an international search on him,” Gharibashvili said, and expressed hope that Interpol will also help.
Meanwhile, the suspect Samar Chokutaev, who lives in the breakaway region Abkhazia, canceled his accounts on Facebook, Linkedin and other social media Thursday morning, when Georgian media reported about the investigation of the jihad videos.