Cyanide Affair – alleged poisoning attempt in Orthodox Church

Georgian priest sentenced to nine years in prison for murder attempt

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A Tbilisi court on Tuesday sentenced a high ranking cleric to nine years in prison for trying to kill the patriarch’s personal secretary with poison. The case has sent shock waves through Georgian society and revealed divisions within one […]

Murder plot against Georgian patriarch allegedly revealed

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

 Edisher Karchava. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–A lawyer for the Georgian church claimed on Monday that there is a plot to assassinate the head of the church, involving high-level clerics. One of the clerics implicated in the attempt on Patriarch’s life is Metropolitan Petre Tsaava, according to […]

Prosecutors release secret videos in the Georgia’s church poisoning case

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri at the briefing. (POG.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia on Wednesday presented its theory of how a priest allegedly was planning to murder an adviser to Patriarch Ilia II, backing the allegations up by secretly obtained videos. The central part of the evidence […]

Leaders of Georgia’s Orthodox Church gather to discuss poisoning plot

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–When top clerics within the Georgian Orthodox Church gather for a Holy Synod on March 9, there are several difficult problems on their agenda, notably a priest accused of planning to murder someone in the patriarch’s inner circle. Petre Tsaava, the Metropolitan of Chkondidi, has spoken about corruption in the Church in a series of TV appearances. ( The Synod is the highest authority […]

Detained Georgian priest curses prosecutors and law enforcers

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Jarji Tsiklauri, spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office. (Palitra.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prosecutors in Georgia are still unable to interrogate archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze who is accused of murder attempt of an unidentified person from patriarch’s inner circle. “Instead of responding to our critical questions, he cursed us, […]

Patriarch’s head of security resigns, citing ‘intrigues’

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Patriarch Ilia II and Soso Okhanashvili. (Tabula.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In the latest twist in the scandal about an alleged assassination plot within the Georgian Church, the head of the patriarch’s security detail confirmed Sunday that he has resigned from his post. “I went to his holiness… [and] asked for his blessing to left the position,” […]

Georgia’s church poisoning case still a mystery

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Prosecutors played secret recordings for Church leaders at the Patriarchate. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Breaking an earlier promise, Georgia’s top prosecutor did not release new evidence about an alleged assassination attempt in the Georgian Orthodox Church upon the return of the patriarch, leaving the public in the dark and the case shrouded in mystery. […]

New details expected in ‘cyanide affair’ as patriarch returns from Berlin

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia expects new details to emerge about an alleged assassination attempt in the higher circles of the Orthodox Church, as Patriarch Ilia II has left the hospital in Berlin and is expected to arrive in Tbilisi at around 6pm Monday local time. […]