About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Abkhaz Reports: 'Terrorist Act Foiled in Gali'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Jan.'12 / 12:57

Law enforcement agencies in breakaway Abkhazia have foiled “a large scale terrorist act” after discovering four mines in the Gali district, Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported on January 11.

Three anti-tank mines TM-62 and one directional anti-personnel mine MON-50, according to this report, were found outside the village of Gagida by the law enforcement agents, who are investigating murder of a local police officer, Vitali Rodonaia, who was shot in the same village on January 9. Abkhaz law enforcement agencies said they were considering Georgia’s link as one of the possible versions behind the murder of Rodonaia, who was an ethnic Georgian.

Two weeks ago a high-profile double murder was committed outside the town of Gali; one of the two men shot on the night from December 28 to December 29 was a retired Abkhaz colonel, Valmer Butba, described by local sources as “an influential figure” in Gali district. Butba, a former commander of Abkhaz first leader Vladislav Ardzinba’s security guard, who in the past also commanded the Abkhaz anti-terrorist unit, was detained in 2009 for possession of arms; at the time opponents of then Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh, claimed that Butba was arrested because of his support to then opposition presidential candidate and his relative Beslan Butba.

Last year the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) announced that a car explosion in Georgia Black Sea town of Batumi in 2010 in which MIA’s official was killed was carried out by perpetrators, recruited for the Abkhaz-based Russian military intelligence officers by Valmer Butba.
 
The Abkhaz prosecutor’s office announced on January 10, that a Georgian citizen from neighboring Zugdidi district was wanted in connection to Butba’s murder, claiming that the suspect was acting upon the Georgian special services’ order.

Officials in Tbilisi said that Butba’s murder was a result of “settling of scores between local rival criminal gangs”. Some analysts in Tbilisi suggested, that Butba’s murder could have been a result of the new Abkhaz leadership’s declared policy of cracking down on criminal gangs.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2019, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
40