About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Tatunashvili Laid to Rest with Full Military Honors
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 24 Mar.'18 / 17:08


Tatunashvili Laid to Rest with Full Military Honors, 24 March, 2018. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge

Archil Tatunashvili, a thirty-five-year-old Georgian citizen, who died at the hands of the Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali on February 22, was laid to rest at Mukhatgverdi military cemetery in the outskirts of Tbilisi.

Initially, the man was to be buried at a civilian graveyard, but plans changed in favor of a military cemetery, apparently upon request of his family. Tatunashvili had served in the army in 2007-2011, according to the Defense Ministry.

Archil Tatunashvili, whose body was transferred to the Georgian authorities on March 20, twenty-six days after his death in Tskhinvali custody, was delivered to his family in Tsilkani settlement of internally displaced persons from Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia early morning on March 21.

Since then, hundreds of citizens have honored the memory of Archil Tatunashvili, including the family of late Giga Otkhozoria, who was killed in the area adjacent to Abkhazia in May 2016.

Early morning on March 24, Tatunashvili’s body was transported to St. George’s church in Tserovani, a nearby IDP settlement, where hundreds more bid their final farewells to Tatunashvili. 

Tatunashvili’s remains were then transported to Mukhatgverdi cemetery, which commemorates the Georgian soldiers fallen in the Russo-Georgian War of 2008, where he was buried with full military honors.

Background

Archil Tatunashvili, native of Akhalgori Municipality in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, lived in Georgia proper, but crossed into the area periodically, where he was reportedly selling fruit and vegetables purchased in Georgia proper.*

Tatunashvili was apprehended on February 22 in Akhalgori, with local authorities accusing him of “genocide against South Ossetians,” ties with the Georgian security agencies, and “preparing new acts of sabotage on the territory of the republic shortly before the election of the President of Russian Federation.”

A day later, Tskhinvali authorities reported that during his transfer to a detention cell after being questioned, Tatunashvili fought back and “sustained injuries, was knocked down and rolled down the stairs,” after which he was taken to hospital, where he died of heart failure.

Reports that Tatunashvili was tortured to death emerged shortly after his death, with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria saying the man was already dead when he was taken to hospital.

Irakli Toidze, a forensic expert, who attended the examination at the National Forensics Bureau in Tbilisi, said Archil Tatunashvili’s body had “multiple [blunt] injuries, scratches and bruises almost all over the body,” pointing at the likelihood that he was tortured.

* Many Akhalgori residents pursue the commercial activity, since agricultural produce in Georgia proper is much cheaper than in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

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.
31