Premier Murder Attempt: Three Versions
Novosti) — April 1 saw an attempt to assassinate Alexander Ankvab,
Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia. Detectives
have three versions of the event, Jamal Goghia, investigation
team chief, and in charge of investigation on the republican
Prosecutor General’s office, said to the Apsnypress news agency.
concerns Ankvab’s work as Premier. The track so leads to private
entrepreneurs who have links with corrupt government officers,
established over the preceding ten to eleven years. Those tycoons’
profits may drastically shrink now that authorities have tightened
their grip on the national economy.
leads to big-time criminals. The Prime Minister is speaking and
acting tough on the underworld, and its kings may well be out
to kill or at least intimidate him.
Yet other assumptions
involve foreign politics. Georgia’s or some other country’s secret
services thus come under suspicion of scheming to upset Abkhaz
social and political developments.
do in his interview with concise references to all those conjectures.
Investigation secrecy rules out whatever comments, he explained.
The drama of
late afternoon April 1, near Sukhumi-capital of Georgia’s breakaway
republic, was not a first attempt to kill the Premier. Ankvab
went off unscathed that time. Roman Gheria, Hero of Abkhazia,