Polish tourists detained, released by so-called South Ossetian border guards

  • Detainees were released after paying a fine. Photo: N.Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 4 Sep 2018 - 18:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two polish citizens detained by so-called South Ossetian border guards in the Java district for allegedly violating the so-called state border between Georgia and South Ossetia on 1 September have now been released.

An official statement published on 4 September by the Security Committee of South Ossetia (Tskhinvali) says the detainees are tourism sphere specialists, who arrived from Warsaw to visit Keli Lake in Truso gorge.

The statement says the detainees were released from South Ossetia yesterday after paying a fine.

The occupation forces detained five Georgian citizens for allegedly violating the so-called border in the same region on August 28.

The backpackers visiting Keli Lake were lost and by accident went onto territory not controlled by Georgia.

They were released after three days after paying a fine, which amounts to 70 GEL( 27 USD).

Keli Lake and nearby territories are very popular among  tourists and hikers, until now this area has not been dangerous for visitors.