Georgia continues to demand return of Tatunashvili’s organs at Ergneti meeting

The de-facto Tskhinvali government says that they handed the fragments of Tatunashvili’s internal organs to Tbilisi. Photo State Security Service press office., 10 Jul 2018 - 18:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

The representatives of the central government of Georgia have demanded the handover of Archil Tatunashvili’s internal organs at today’s Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meeting with the representatives of the de-facto government of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

A representative of the de-facto government of Tskhinvali said that they handed the fragments of the internal organs to Tbilisi, after about a month from the death of Tatunashvili.

But Irakli Antadze from Georgia’s State Security Service told the media that the fragments of the internal organs mentioned by Kochiev were insufficient for an autopsy.

Egor Kochiev from the de-facto government repeated that Tatunashvili died because of heart failure and that he was not tortured and killed, as official Tbilisi says.

He also said that he could not see in the conclusion of the Tbilisi forensic bureau that Tatunashvili had been tortured.

Kochiev criticized the  Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list, which lists and sanctions individuals who have violated the rights of Georgian citizens since the 1990s, and said that Tskhinvali also intended to make a similar list of "Georgian offenders.”

Antadze said that the central government of Georgia also raised the issue of Georgian civil activist Tamar Mearakishvili and informed the international community about her case.

Kochiev claimed that despite legal proceedings against Mearakishvili, she was not under house arrest and could write her stories freely, which Mearakishvili says is a lie.

The following Ergneti meeting will take place on September 14.