4 Oct 2018 - 13:11
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were allowed late yesterday to see Maia Otinashvili in a prison in occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) - the woman who was abducted by Russia-controlled forces on 29 September.
The ICRC did not tell the media about Otinashvili’s health condition, as their guidelines prohibit them from sharing such information with the media.
We will provide the information in a closed format with the responsible state bodies,” ICRC representatives said.
The ICRC was permitted into the prison after Otinashvili’s family said that she had been beaten, citing an unnamed but ‘reliable’ source.
However, the family requested the government’s aid to verify the information.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze made two statements about the abduction yesterday and tasked the foreign minister to meet with the representatives of the diplomatic corps and foreign organisations regarding the “very grave issue.”
He said that the government is doing its utmost to achieve the release of the woman in the shortest time possible.