Zurab Zhvania’s death

Two former guards found guilty of negligence in Zurab Zhvania’s death

By | August 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tbilisi City Court (IPN) TBILISI, DFWatch–The jury on Friday found two members of the personal security detail of Zurab Zhvania guilty of negligence leading to the PM’s death in 2005. Ten members of the jury agreed with the charges laid out by the prosecutors, while two were against. […]

Court acquits pathologist on trial in Georgian PM’s 2005 death

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Levan Chachua. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in Georgia has acquitted a forensic expert who was on trial for negligence in connection with the death of a prime minister in 2005. Levan Chachua sat almost nine months in detention, accused of not noticing marks of violence on the body […]

Two more former officials charged in Zhvania case

By | February 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Mamuka Gvaramia said the charges are politically motivated. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former chief prosecutor and a deputy head of the National Forensic Bureau were Wednesday charged with involvement in the murder of PM Zurab Zhvania in 2005. The Prosecutor’s Office claims the two exceeded official powers […]

Guard accused in Zhvania case released on bail

By | December 15th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mikheil Dzadzamia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former head of shift of Zurab Zhvania’s security detail, who was detained in the new investigation into the prime minister’s death in 2005, was Sunday released from preliminary detention on a 2,000 lari bail (nearly USD 1,090). Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania […]

Court releases pathologist on trial in connection with PM’s death

By | November 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Levan Chachua. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The pathologist on trial in the case about the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 has been given bail. Levan Chachua has been in detention since March 20, but on Tuesday the court ruled that he may be released against paying a 10,000 […]

Expert in PM Zhvania’s autopsy found dead

By | November 13th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One of the experts who was involved in the autopsy following the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 was found dead in his apartment on Thursday. Meanwhile, Tbilisi City Court finished the hearing for another expert and listened […]

Brother of deceased PM Zurab Zhvania expects results soon

By | October 11th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A new investigation of Zhvania’s death was one of the promises made by the Georgian Dream coalition in the 2012 election campaign. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The investigation into the death of the Georgian prime minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 will soon enter its final stage, according to the brother of the deceased. Goga Zhvania said Friday that it’s still unclear whether the investigators […]

Remains of dead Georgian PM may be exhumed

By | September 30th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

The death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania (pictured) in February 2005 is still troubling Georgians. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a former Georgian prime minister may be exhumed in order to determine the cause of death. Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, one of the architects of the rose revolution, died in 2005, officially of gas poisoning due to a faulty heater. […]

Pathologist in Zhvania’s death must remain in detention

By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Levan Chachua is on trial for negligence while performing the autopsy on Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2006. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the body of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania denies that he harassed a witness. The trial about the prime minister’s death in 2006 continued Thursday with questioning of the pathologist Levan Chachua. […]

Court hearing into 2005 death of Georgian PM focuses on autopsy

By | September 22nd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania died in 2005, apparently from gas poisoning. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The trial into the circumstances surrounding the death of Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 continued in Tbilisi on Monday. The investigation into Zhvania’s death was reopened after the change of government in 2012. During today’s hearing […]

Zhvania family accuses Saakashvili of lying

By | March 27th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

The brother and widow of deceased Prime Minsiter Zurab Zhvania accused ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili of lying. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The family of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania accuses ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili of lying. Saakashvili said in a recent interview on Rustavi 2 that during the investigation of Zhvania’s death, his widow was only interested in money which […]

Two detainees in Zhvania case placed in pre-trial detention

By | March 24th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two men detained for negligence in connection with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania were Sunday placed in pre-trial detention by Tbilisi City Court. Levan Chachua, who participated in the autopsy on Zhvania’s body in 2005, and Mikheil […]

Saakashvili called in for questioning in numerous cases

By | March 22nd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

May become a wanted person. Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili addressing the crowd at Independence Square in Kiev, December 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili will be declared a wanted person if he doesn’t come and answer questions in a long list of criminal cases. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said this today. “If he does not come, he will be declared […]

One more detained in case about Georgian PM’s death

By | March 22nd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have detained a second person in connection with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005. The new detainee is Mikheil Dzadzamia, who was head of the shift of Zhvania’s security, and the charge is the same: negligence. […]

Pathologist detained in case about death of Georgian PM

By | March 21st, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) 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 […]

Georgian PM horrified by Zhvania autopsy photos

By | March 21st, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Irakli Gharibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says it was horrible to see recently published photographs from 2005 of PM Zurab Zhvania’s dead body. Gharibashvili said he thinks the case doesn’t need ‘additional speculation.’ He also said that […]

Autopsy photos of deceased Georgian PM posted on Youtube

By | March 20th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

In the 2012 election campaign, the Georgian Dream coalition demanded a new investigation of Zhvania’s death. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–For several days a video titled “Saakashvili murderer” has gone viral in social media in Georgia. The video, which was first uploaded on Youtube, shows photos of the dead bodies of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Raul Usupov, who died […]

Merabishvili inquest turns up nothing interesting: Prison Ministry

By | January 15th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Vano Merabishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prison Ministry in Georgia says it did not notice anything interesting while looking into claims made by former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili that he was taken out of his cell at night and threatened by the chief prosecutor. The ministry’s […]

Gas heaters continue to cause deaths in Georgia

By | November 11th, 2013|Categories: Society|Tags: , |

A typical gas heater. (Tbilisi City Hall Website.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In Georgia, natural gas is cheaper than electricity, so more and more people use it for heating in winter. But the safety of the devices is far below any acceptable level. A young married couple and their 4 year old daughter died after a gas leak […]

New details in death of Georgian PM

By | October 18th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

From a demonstration two years ago. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There are new details in the investigation into the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005, which may change the official version of how he died. Brother of the deceased PM, Giorgi Zhvania, says that important new evidence has come […]

Former PM’s death case soon to be reopened, Zhvania’s brother says

By | February 4th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tbilisi, DFWatch — Goga Zhvania, brother of the deceased prime minister Zurab Zhvania, says he is cooperating with the Prosecutor’s Office and is sure the case of his brother’s death will soon be reopened. Goga was voted into parliament last October, representing […]

New investigation into death of Georgian PM

By | November 27th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Investigators in Georgia have reopened the case of the death of a former prime minister, according to his brother. Goga Zhvania, brother of Zurab Zhvania, who served as Saakashvili’s first prime minister from 2004 to 2005, yesterday evening […]

Case of Georgian PM’s death to be reopened

By | October 26th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The day after a new government was approved by parliament in Georgia, it is already clear that the case of one of the most controversial deaths in the country’s history will be reopened. The brother of the late Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was recently […]

Georgia’s dead prime minister: The case that won’t go away

By | February 4th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Seven years after his death, the anniversary of Georgia’s late prime minister Zurab Zhvania is still testimony to the fact that many refuse to accept the case as closed. Some of the youth who gathered in front of parliament in Tbilisi Friday bore […]

Late PM’s brother: Ivanishvili gives us new hope

By | December 12th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The brother and widow of one of Georgia’s most popular politicians in the early 2000s were both planning to go to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s launch party for the Georgian Dream movement Sunday. “I will go to the launch party as a citizen who is worried about current events in the country. I am pleased [...]