Minaret removed from Mosque returned back to Chella village
The minaret removed from the Mosque has been returned back to the village of Chella in Akhaltsikhe Region in the southern part of Georgia.
Local Muslims gathered outside awaiting the arrival of the minaret in the village.
The minaret was kept in a store house close to Chella, but the locals were discontent with it saying that the minaret should have been kept in the village.
Situation is calm in Akhaltsikhe, where local non-Muslim population spent last night in the street objecting to the protest of the Muslims after the demolition of the minaret from the Mosque in the village of Chella. The protestors blocked up central motorway refusing to disassemble. It is yet unknown if the protest of locals will continue today.
The Revenue Office took a decision to dismantle the minaret after it was found out that the person, who imported it from Turkey, did not pass all necessary customs procedures. The minaret was taken for expertise, but the Ministry of Finance officials say it will be returned and installed again and all costs will be covered from the state budget.