Georgian Supreme Court upholds guilty verdict against ex-Minister Akhalaia for torturing a colonel

Former Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaia says that he is a “political prisoner.” Photo:, 12 Jul 2019 - 14:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Supreme Court has upheld a guilty verdict against former Defence Minister of Georgia Bacho Akhalia for torture, causing death of colonel Sergo Tetradze back in 2011, under the United National Movement government.

Tbilisi City Court sent Akhalia to prison for nine years in April 2018, which was appealed two times by the defendant - in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Tbilisi City Court also sentenced Deputy Minister of Defence Nikoloz Dzimtseishvili for four years in prison for the same case last year and the Supreme Court also upheld the verdict.

Tetradze was detained for espionage charges in 2011.

Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office says that with the demand of Akhalaia the individual was severely tortured which caused death.

Tetradze’s wife says that Akhalia deserves “tougher punishment.”

Akhalaia does not admit to the crime.