Occupation forces illegally detain Georgian citizen for alleged drug crimes

The GSSS said the central government, together with international partners, continued to “work actively” for the release of all Georgian citizens, who have been illegally detained both in the occupied Tskhinvali and Abkhazia regions. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

Agenda.ge, 08 Nov 2022 - 15:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

Russian-controlled occupation forces have illegally arrested a Georgian citizen in the country’s occupied north-western Abkhazia region, Georgia’s state security service said on Tuesday.

The state body said the de facto authorities in the region had claimed alleged possession of drugs by the individual, who was detained in Gali district while on his way to Zugdidi municipality on the government-controlled territory.

In its statement the service said it had activated the hotline operated for information exchange on developments along the occupation line, and informed the European Union monitoring mission and co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions about the incident.

It also noted “all existing mechanisms” had been activated to ensure release of illegally detained citizens in occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions.