TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has ordered the detention of pathologist Levan Chachua in relation with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania.
Chachua was one of the experts who conducted an autopsy on Zhvania’s body in 2005, and the conclusion was that Zhvania died from being poisoned by carbon monoxide.
Zurab Zhvania and his friend Raul Usupov were found dead on February 3, 2005, in Tbilisi. A few days ago, a video was posted on Youtube containing photos of the dead bodies with injuries.
The video raised more questions about the case.
Levan Chachua was questioned after former Chief Prosecutor Murtaz Zodelava on Thursday. Chachua remained at the office the whole day.
The same evening at midnight, the Prosecutor’s Office held a briefing to say that Chachua had been detained.
“The investigation found that Levan Chachua was negligent while conducting expertise into the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Raul Usupov on February 3, 2005, and didn’t fulfill his duties properly.”
The Prosecutor’s Office claims Chachua didn’t describe the injures properly, while the bodies clearly have bruises which they got while they were alive.
“Since the conducted investigation calls into question the authenticity of the examination report, it is necessary to conduct a new examination on the case in order to establish the actual cause and circumstances of death of Zurab Zhvania and Raul Usupov,” the Prosecutor’s Office writes.
A criminal prosecution has been initiated against Levan Chachua based on section 342 of the Criminal Code, which is punishable by up to three years in jail.