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Wednesday, September 3
Police chief investigated for beating detective

The head of the police department and his deputy at one of the regions in Georgia on Sunday beat investigator Roman Korshia.

He required medical assistance. The participants in the incidents are not commenting.

An investigation was launched after Rustavi 2 TV interviewed an employee of the police department in Mestia, Zviad Chanturia. He said he witnessed what happened on Sunday.

The Interior Ministry is the most powerful and misbalanced body in Georgia, which has functions that are unusual in democratic states.

This system became powerful while Mikheil Saakashvili was in power, when every law enforcement body was united with the Interior Ministry, except the Defense Ministry. The misbalanced body remained a subject of criticism and even though the current government also criticized it while in opposition, the system remained the same after the change of government.

A criminal investigation has been launched intothe incident in Mestia and the Prosecutor’s Office in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti is investigating it. The General Inspection has started a domestic inquest into the case and on Sunday questioned everyone involved.

According to Chanturia, he personally witnessed how the head of police, Giorgi Samarghanishvili, and his deputy Giorgi Japaridze hit the investigator, when he fell. He said Korshia had facial injuries. Chanturia even says during the quarrel he also got hit, while the deputy head of the police department threatened him.

Daniel Ratiani, Director of Mestia Hospital, confirmed that Korshia has facial injuries. Korshia came to the hospital saying he had a fight. He has stiches on his face and refused to submit to additional examination and later left the hospital.

Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze says that an investigation has been launched and he cannot say anything about it until the investigation is finished.

The Interior Ministry’s press office also denied DF Watch comment, and said that it is necessary to wait until the investigation is finished. (DF watch)

Occupants release three peaceful civilians

Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, were released on September 2.

The captives were freed after paying 2000 ruble fine.

Bujiashvili, Zumbulieri and Gogiashvili are from the villages of Mejvriskhevi and Jariasheni. They say they were cultivating lands in their gardens, when the occupants detained them; however, they were accused of crossing the boundary line. (rustavi2)

Georgia to hold large-scale Georgian-Azerbaijani Security Caucasus – 2014

A preparatory meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijani Security of the Caucasus - 2014 exercises was held at the Tbilisi-based International Studies Division of the Department of Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

Exercises will be held on Sept. 5 at the Yagludzhe site involving both Georgian and Azeri rescuers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia reported.

The purpose of large-scale exercises is to coordinate joint actions of appropriate agencies of Georgia and Azerbaijan in emergencies.

It provides a Memorandum of Cooperation between the MIA of the two countries.

In addition, rescuers will conduct exercises to improve coordination of their actions on the elimination of oil leakage at sea and on land under an agreement with BP.

The exercise will be attended by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan, BP, BP Briggs contractor (BRIGGS), and Energy Invest JSC representatives.

The preparatory meeting participants reviewed the training methodology, technical and organizational issues.

Training points and goals were also considered. (

hip carrying Mikheil Saakashvili halted on the island of Samos for four hours

Ambassador of Georgia to Greece Davit Bakradze has said that a ship, carrying former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and ex-Chairman of the Adjarian government Levan Varshalomidze from Turkey to Greece, was halted on the island of Samos for four hours.

According to the Ambassador, the Embassy got information about the above-mentioned from a police station of the island of Samos.

"I have information from the chief of police of Greek island of Samos. As per the information, on September 1, at 18:00 a British-flagged yacht entered the island of Samos from the Turkish side, which was carrying Georgian citizens, including ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili and ex-Chairman of the Adjarian government Levan Varshalomidze. According to the local police, during the border control process they checked Saakashvili's passport and during the inspection they got information that the Georgian side had filed a request for an arrest, however, given the fact that the procedures are not completed yet, Greece did not have the grounds for an arrest. They say the ship was halted on the island for four hours, after which it went back together with the crew members. This information was provided by Greece's law enforcement agencies, particularly by the chief of Samos police," he said.

International search procedures are under way for Mikheil Saakashvili. The prosecutor's office explains that the procedures were launched after Saakashvili was ordered to pre-trial detention in absentia. (IPN)