07TBILISI918, GEORGIA RELEASES CHAKABERIA

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI918 2007-04-24 12:03 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO4971
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0918 1141203
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 241203Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6147
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000918 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/24/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA RELEASES CHAKABERIA 
 
REF: A. TBILISI 861 
     B. TBILISI 759 
     C. TBILISI 747 (NOTAL) 
     D. TBILISI 739 
     E. TBILISI 489 
     F. TBILISI 459 
     G. 06 TBILISI 3250 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4(b)&(d). 
 
(C) Officials at the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) 
told us that the Georgian MFA had informed them that the 
Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs had released Pridon 
Chakaberia early on April 23, and that Chakaberia was on his 
way from Kutaisi to his home in the Gali district. 
Chakaberia, an ethnic Georgian local official in 
Abkhaz-controlled Gali, had been arrested by Georgian 
officials in Zugdidi December 2006 (ref G), and subsequently 
convicted of charges connected to heroin possession and false 
documents.  International observers reported significant 
deficiencies in his trial (ref A).  Georgian officials had 
indicated to the Abkhaz at Geneva meetings in February (ref 
F) that they would be willing to release Chakaberia, as part 
of a sequence in which the Abkhaz released Georgian 
prisoners, but these plans appeared to stall after the Abkhaz 
jailed three Georgian students during a protest along the 
cease-fire line in March (ref E); the trial of these students 
has been postponed but they remain in Abkhaz custody.  During 
his visit in late March, DAS Bryza stressed to a number of 
Georgian officials that releasing Chakaberia could help to 
reduce tensions (ref B, C, and D). 
 
TEFFT

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