12 Mar 2019 - 23:14
The State Security Service of Georgia reports that a young Georgian man, Irakli Kvaratskhelia, has reportedly committed suicide in the Gali district, in Georgia's Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia.
The State Security Service said, the information was shared “by representatives of de-facto Abkhazia via Hot Line operational in the scope of the EU Monitoring mission”.
The State Security Service of Georgia is conducting activities aimed at identification of the objective circumstances in relation to the death of the mentioned person through every instrument at its disposal,” the statement reads.
Kvaratskhelia, born in 1990, had been allegedly detained by de-facto authorities.
President Salome Zurabishvili offered condolences to the young man’s family.
The tragic news of the sad death of a young man in the occupied #Gali District is a heartbreaking continuation of the situation in our #occupiedterritories.— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) March 12, 2019
I share the sadness of Irakli’s family and friends and pray for their strength in this difficult moment.
The State Security Service has reported earlier that the occupying forces in the two Russia-controlled Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) have detained 327 Georgian citizens for “illegally crossing the border” between 2017 and 2019.