TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian citizens who barely avoided being hanged in Malaysia for drug-related crimes returned to Georgia on Sunday.
Babutsa Gordadze, who was arrested in Malaysia along with Darejan Kokhtashvili, was convicted of illegally carrying drugs.
Rustavi 2 reported that she was welcomed by members of her family as she arrived at Tbilisi airport. Journalists were not allowed to ask questions or take pictures.
Gordadze and Kokhtashvili were convicted six years ago. Both were sentenced to death by hanging. But after Georgian authorities became involved in negotiations, their punishment was changed to eight years’ imprisonment.
The negotiations allowed for the two to serve the rest of their sentence in Georgia, but in the end it was agreed that the two would be released and sent back to Georgia in 2016.
The government has not yet commented.