Gunman killed in Laphankuri was Zakaev`s body guard
One of the eleven gunmen killed during the special anti-crime operation of the Interior Ministry in Kakheti`s village of Laphankuri, was the body-guard of Akhmed Zakaev - Russian newspaper the Kommersant has reported. (Zakaev is the former Deputy Prime Minister and the current Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI), which is unrecognized by other countries.) According to the edition, Dukvakha Dushuev was among those 11 gunmen, who were killed by Georgia`s special units after they took hostages in a Georgian village bordering the Dagestan sector of the Georgia-Russia border. The Kommersant is reporting that the 44 year-old Dushuev was the most influential person in this gang. Since 2003, he participated in the process of Zakaev`s extradition, which was discussed by the London judiciary under the motion of the Russia`s prosecutor general.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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