Giorgi Mamaladze

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 […]

Georgian priest walks out on first day of his murder trial

By | May 20th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A high profile trial of a Georgian priest accused of planning to murder the patriarch’s personal secretary got off to a dramatic start Friday as the defendant left the courtroom in protest and asked his lawyers to do the same. This was the first hearing […]

Georgian priest must remain in detention until beginning of murder trial

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian priest accused of planning to poison an adviser to the patriarch is to remain in pre-trial detention. That was decided at a hearing in the Tbilisi City Court on Friday. The judge rejected all the around a dozen pleas by arch priest […]

Georgian priest on trial for planning to murder patriarch’s adviser

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A priest is being put on trial in Georgia for planning to use poison to murder a close adviser to Patriarch Ilia II, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church. As the case files were handed over to the court on Thursday, the Prosecutor General’s Office wrote in a statement that […]

Georgian priest suspected of murder suing government for unfair trial

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A priest awaiting trial for murder is suing Georgia at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming the country is depriving him of a fair trial. Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze is  accused of planning to poison a member of the Georgian patriarch’s inner circle. […]

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 reacts to arrest of priest on murder attempt charges

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Prime Minster Giorgi Kvirikashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgians are reacting to the detention of an Orthodox priest whom prosecutors accuse of trying to poison a high church official, widely believed to be the head of the Georgian Church. The story immediately went viral in Georgia, where the Orthodox Church […]

Georgian priest arrested for planning to murder high church leader with poison

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Giorgi Mamaladze. TBILISI, DFWatch–An archpriest in the Georgian Orthodox Church was arrested at Tbilisi airport, accused of trying to poison a person in ‘the Church’s highest hierarchy’ with cyanide. Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze was arrested as he was trying to board a plane […]