The Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office announced today that they have recordings which prove that the previous, United National Movement leadership was plotting to kill Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili, who was found dead at his Surrey mansion in England on 12 February 2008.
Former official of the Constitutional Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs under the United National Movement government G.M. has been detained, while two other former top figures of the same agency L.K. and R.Sh have been charged for plotting murder and abuse of authority.
The Prosecutor’s Office said that they seized two recordings in 2016 which included conversations regarding the plotting of the murder of Patarkatsishvili, who had to flee Georgia in 2007 as he was accused of plotting a coup.
The recordings were made on 4 and 5 February of 2007 and the three individuals who have been charged speak about scenarios of how to kill Patarkatsishvili. They say that they are collecting information about Patarkatsishvili’s bodyguards and the personnel and are also discussing poisoning the man with a substance which gives the impression of natural death,” the office said.
The Prosecutor’s Office stated that Patarkatsishvili’s murder “was sanctioned” by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and all the details of plotting of murder were agreed upon with the former head of the Constitutional Security Department Data Akhalaia, who is wanted by Georgian law enforcers.
The Prosecutor’s Office explained that they have been studying the materials and questioning related figures over the course of two years.
Patarkatsishvili backed anti-government rallies in 2007. Photo: 1TV.