UK, Norway call for ‘immediate release’ of illegally convicted Georgian man by occupation forces

  • The central Georgian government says that Russia is responsible for all violations in Georgia’s de facto regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 8 Feb 2021 - 19:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United Kingdom and Norway have joined the calls of foreign states for the ‘immediate release’ of illegally convicted Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze by Russian-controlled occupation forces. 

Gakheladze was shot and illegally detained last year near Georgia’s breakaway Tskhinvali region (on the Tbilisi-controlled territory) and was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison earlier this week. 

Helene Sand Andresen, ambassador of Norway to Georgia has tweeted that the ‘illegal detention’ is ‘unacceptable.’ 

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has met with EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell and US Ambassador Kelly Degnan, requesting support to  secure the release of Gakheladze. 

De facto court in Tskhinvali found Gakheladze guilty of ‘illegally crossing the border and attempted murder.’ 

The Georgian State Security Security has stated that ‘Russia is responsible for the illegal decision’ and for all the ‘criminal and inhumane’ acts which are taking place along with the occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali.