De facto president on abducted Georgian doctor: ‘sentence is fair, the crime must be punished’

De facto President of Tskhinvali Anatoly Bibilov says that the international community “closes its eyes to violations committed by Georgia in South Ossetia, while Gaprindashvili’s detention was widely condemned.” Photo: sputnik., 25 Dec 2019 - 13:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

De facto President of Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region Anatoly Bibilov says that the sentence of well-known Georgian doctor Vazha Gaprindashvili to one year and nine months in prison is “a fair punishment.”

 When an individual crosses the border and does this deliberately he must be held accountable,” Bibilov said.

Gaprindashvili was abducted on November 9 and was illegally sentenced to one year and nine months in prison on December 20 “for deliberately crossing the border.” 

Gaprindashvilli refuses to admit to “crossing the border,” saying that Tskhinvali is part of Georgia and is now occupied by Russia.