A 24-year-old man from Georgia’s Russia-occupied town of Gagra committed suicide on September 14 in a pre-trial facility, reports Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe.
Initially local media outlets reported that 24-year-old Anri Ateiba died at the hospital following injuries received as a result of beating at the Gagra police station.
Later Ateiba’s mother said that her son committed suicide in a pre-trial facility.
The Prosecutor General of Abkhazia Badra Aiba said that Anri Ateiba was under the influence of drugs when police detained him. Following refusal to undergo drug test, police officers had to detain Ateiba.
Anri Ateiba’s lawyer Igor Sknarin informed the Prosecutor’s Office on August 8 that the detainee was beaten and asked for a forensic medical examination as he believed that the injuries were inflicted by police officers.
Ekho Kavkaza reported that on August 12, Ateiba attempted suicide in the pre-trial facility and soon was taken to the hospital in Gagra.
RFE/RL reports that the de-facto prosecutor’s office of Abkhazia is investigating the death of 24-year-old Anri Ateiba.