Occupying forces illegally detain Georgian citizen

Guladi Khubua is the fifth individual this year who has been detained by the occupying forces for illegally crossing the so-called border between breakaway Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 01 Mar 2019 - 13:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

The occupying forces have illegally detained Georgian citizen Guladi Khubua at the occupation line with the breakaway Abkhazia region for “illegally crossing the border” late yesterday, his family says.

The man was abducted from the village of Shamgona, Zugdidi municipality, in western Georgia, the Georgian Public Broadcaster reports.

The local authorities say that all the relevant state agencies have been informed of the incident.

Those individuals who are detained for the “illegally crossing the border between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia” are taken to the Gali prison and are released after paying fine which amounts to about 32 USD.

The occupying forces in the two Russia-controlled Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) have detained 327 Georgian citizens for “illegally crossing the border” between 2017 and 2019, the Georgian State Security Service says.