11 denied bail in high-profile case of death of 19-year-old footballer

  • Seventeen individuals have been detained in the death case of Giorgi Shakarashvili. Photo: presa.ge.

Agenda.ge, 27 Jul 2020 - 17:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Eleven of 17 detainees have been denied bail in the case of the death of 19-year-old footballer Giorgi Shakarashvili by a Mtskheta city court in eastern Georgia earlier today. 

The remaining six detainees are minors and the court will decide whether or not to release them on bail in the coming days. 

The individuals have been detained for group violence. However, several of the detainees may face more serious charges. 

The Shakarashvili family is demanding six of the 17 detainees be charged with premeditated murder. 

10 of the 11 individuals who were refused bail earlier today do not admit to the crime, while one admits his involvement in a brawl before Shakarashvili went missing. 

Shakarashvili went missing while at a friend’s birthday party in Mtskheta, a town outside of Tbilisi, early on June 19.  

His body was found in the Aragvi River after a four-day search, on June 22.

An autopsy has shown Shakarashvili’s death was caused by drowning. However, the Prosecutor’s Office says that Shakarashvili sustained several injuries before death.