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Wednesday, July 14
Prepared by the Messenger Staff

Gejadze on Lashkarava: Expertise has no grounds to draw any conclusions about the cause of death

Independent expert Alexander Gejadze, who is involved in the case of the deceased cameraman, Lekso Lashkarava, says that there is no reason to talk about the cause of death yet. He spoke about it on Palitranius.

Gejadze says that Samkharauli experts found 5 substances in Lashkarava's body, but he is waiting for the results of histopathomorphological examination.

TV First cameraman Lekso Lashkarava and journalist Miranda Baghaturia were attacked on July 5 by violent participants in a march of honor. Lashkarava was severely beaten and his facial bones were broken, which necessitated an urgent operation. A few days after the attack, on July 11, Lashkarava was found dead in her home by her mother. He was buried today.

The media blames the authorities for the death of Lekso Lashkarava because he could not ensure their safety during the contract. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is trying to develop a version that Lashkarava died of an overdose, which is not shared by family members and colleagues.

Photographer beaten on July 5: the condition is stable but serious

Interpresnews photo correspondent Giorgi Nikolishvili, who was beaten on July 5, remains in hospital. As he said in the show 360 Degrees, his condition is serious.

"The situation is stable, stably severe. I have pain in my head, hematoma in the brain and this is the situation," Nikolishvili said.

According to him, he does not remember the beating episode. He does not yet know when he will fully recover:

I have information that three people have been arrested in this case. It is impossible for me to identify them, but I very much hope that not only in my part, but in any part, each of my colleagues will be severely punished under the law.

On July 5, violent groups opposed to the March of Dignity attacked journalists, cameramen and photographers. Police were unable to ensure the safety of media representatives.