Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili calls on the international community “to react with all possible means” to the detention of a Georgian doctor and traumatologist Vazha Gaprindashvili, who was sentenced to two-month pretrial detention by Russian-controlled occupation forces yesterday.
She also called on US Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Alex Mooney, who visited the occupation line near Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region last week, “to respond through all possible means to this situation”.
President Zurabishvili said that the detention of the doctor while offering emergency help "goes against all internationally recognised human rights".
@RepKinzinger and @RepAlexMooney visited the occupation line last week. The detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili while offering emergency help goes against all internationally recognized HRs. I call on the Congressmen to respond through all possible means to this situation.— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) November 15, 2019
Doctor Gaprindashvili was illegally detained near the village of Orchosani [under Russian control] on November 9 and was charged with “deliberately crossing the border" with Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region.
The Georgian media reports that Gaprindashvili was visiting a patient when he was abducted.