09TBILISI961, GEORGIA: INJURED MUTINY ORGANIZERS STABLE,

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09TBILISI961 2009-05-22 15:39 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000961 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/21/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PREL RU GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA:  INJURED MUTINY ORGANIZERS STABLE, 
FAMILIES CLAIM HARASSMENT 
 
REF: TBILISI 951 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT FOR REASONS 1.4 (B,D). 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  The two mutiny suspects detained following 
a firefight yesterday, Levan Amiridze and Koba Otanadze, 
remain in stable condition in a government-controlled 
hospital, according to the press.  According to the 
Ombudsman,s Office, Otanadze,s brother Nugzar Otanadze was 
arrested two weeks ago, immediately following the mutiny 
attempt, and held for questioning.  The press reported May 22 
that eight other Otanadze family members, including a baby, 
were detained and questioned by the police prior to the 
capture of the three organizers.  The Ombudsman,s Office 
could not directly confirm the detention of these family 
members, but did add that another Otanadze brother, his wife 
and 19 year old son were detained on May 20 and released on 
May 21.  The Ambassador raised this case with Minister of 
Internal Affairs Merabishvili May 22 and expressed concern 
about these detentions.  The Minister confirmed that some of 
Otanadze,s family members had been detained on suspicion of 
aiding and abetting the fugitives, but noted that all have 
now been released and said that a press statement to this 
efect would be issued soon.  End Summary. 
2.  (C) Deputy Ombudsman Giorgi Chkheidze told us that he 
visited Nugzar Otanadze during his two week detention. 
According to Chkheidze, Nugzar appeared to have been beaten, 
but he had been officially detained for resisting arrest. 
Chkheidze said that according to Nuzgar, Special Forces 
police come to his house a 3 am and demanded he open his 
door.  When he refused, reportedly saying he would come with 
his attorney to the police station the next day, the police 
forcibly entered the house and took him into custody. 
3.  (C) Chkheidze said that he had seen press reports that 
eight additional members of Otanadze,s family had been 
detained, including an eight month old baby, but could not 
confirm the reports.  He did add that a different Otanadze 
brother, Jimsher and his wife and son were detained on May 20 
and then released on May 21.  Chkheidze said that he had 
spoken with several officials from the Ministry of Internal 
Affairs, none of whom had additional information on this 
case, especially why and when the family members were 
arrested, and where they were held. 
4.  (C) The Ambassador raised this case with Minister of 
Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili on May 22 and expressed 
concern about the detentions.  Merabishvili said that the 
family members had been detained on charges of aiding and 
abetting the fugitives.  When the Ambassador asked 
specifically about the baby, Merabishvili said that the 
baby's mother had insisted on taking her 13-month old baby 
with her to the police station.  He confirmed that all the 
Otanadze family members have been released and noted that a 
press statement would be issued to this effect. 
TEFFT

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