Parliament speaker Davit Usupashvili met chief prosecutor Giorgi Badashvili on January 21 to discuss investigation into death of Yuri Vazagashvili, who campaigned for fair probe into killing of his son in a police operation in 2006, and who died in an explosion that occurred at the grave of his son on January 20.
Parliament speaker’s office said that at the meeting, which was held in the Parliament and which was also attended by deputy chief prosecutor Irakli Shotadze, Usupashvili noted “political and public importance” of a prompt investigation of both Yuri Vazagashvili’s death and murder of his son almost nine years ago.
Relatives, friends and lawyers of Yuri Vazagashvili have already suggested about possible link between the explosion, that killed the man, and his long-running efforts to achieve punishment of those law enforcement officers, whom he had blamed for excessive use of force during the operation in which his son and another young man were killed in Tbilisi center in 2006.
“It was stressed during the meeting that not only it is necessary to bring to justice perpetrators of this heinous crime, but also to thoroughly analyze and make proper conclusions about causes of and factors contributing to such violent acts,” parliament speaker’s office said, adding that the chief prosecutor noted investigation of this case was now the top priority for his office.
Investigators treat Yuri Vazagashvili’s death as a premeditated murder. Prosecutor’s office said in a statement on January 21, that the death was caused “with high probably” by an explosive device that went off when the victim was visiting the grave of his son Kaspi municipality of Shida Kartli region. Citing ongoing investigation, prosecutor’s office declined to elaborate details.
An independent ballistics expert, hired by the family, with access to ongoing official examination, said that military explosive device, not an improvised one, went off. He, however, declined to specify an exact type of explosive, citing that final conclusion of the examination was still pending.