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 Dzadzamia, who was head of shift of the PM’s personal bodyguard, were detained a few days after a video was posted on Youtube showing photos of the dead bodies of Zhvania that indicated they had bruises at the time of death.
Dzadzamia is charged with negligence, as, according to investigators, he left Zhvania on February 3, 2005, without protection.
Chachua is also charged with negligence because he didn’t properly describe the injuries on the dead body. The autopsy carried out in 2005 concluded that the body didn’t have any injuries.
The judge explained that the decision about pretrial detention was made out of concern for the investigation.
Defense lawyers plan to appeal the decision in the Appeals Court.
First hearing will be held on May 15, 2014.