Court determines who killed David Saralidze in high-profile Khorava street murder case

The  father of a deceased minor says that justice has been partly restored.Photo: Mzia Saganelidze., 03 Jun 2019 - 14:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Tbilisi Court of Appeals ruled earlier today that a 16-year-old David Saralidze, in a high-profile Khorava street murder case of two minors in 2017, was killed by another minor, G.J., with other unidentified individuals in central Tbilisi.

The City Court verdict last year on the murder case of David Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili caused controversy as the court verdict failed to say who killed Saralidze.

One of the detainees G.B. was found guilty for the premeditated murder of Dadunashvili, while another detainee G.J. was found guilty for attempted murder of David Saralidze.

The verdict led to street rallies and resignation of then Chief Prosecutor of Georgia Irakli Shotadze.

David Saralidze (L) and Levan Dadunashvili. Photo: Reginfo.

Now the Court of Appeals says that Saralidze was killed by G.J. and the latter, who was also minor that time, committed the offence with other unidentified individuals.

The court has sent G.J. to 11 years and three months in prison for premeditated murder, similar as G.B, as both were minors when the incident took place.

Father of David Saralidze, Zaza Saralidze has told the media that the “justice is partially restored.”

For the first time in 1.5 years I have the feeling that the justice will restore. You have seen my fight for this over the past months. Justice has been partly restored today. However, I will fight to the end to hold all those involved in the crime accountable,” Saralidze said.

He called upon everyone to refrain from “using his tragedy and family” for their political goals.

The verdict might be appealed to the Supreme Court of Georgia.