in Tbilisi Investigate Suicide of Official
from Georgian President’s Administration
(RIA Novosti, by Marina Kvaratskheliya) — Prosecutors of Tbilisi’s
Didube-Chuguri district have launched an inquiry into the suicide
of Georgy Khelashvili, an official from the Georgian President’s
was a councilor of the Georgian President’s Pardons Commission
and, in parallel, held a post in the late Prime Minister Zurab
Zhvania’s office, a spokesperson for the State Chancery told RIA
official committed suicide Friday night in his own flat.
current stage of our inquiry we are considering suicide as the
only version of what has happened," a representative of the
district prosecutor’s office told RIA Novosti.
learned from members of Khelashvili’s family, the late official
had left a letter of apology before he committed suicide. According
to his relatives, Khelashvili had been in a state of deep depression
over the weeks preceding the incident.
of Georgia’s law enforcement bodies told RIA Novosti that he categorically
ruled out any link between Khelashvili’s suicide and Georgian
Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania’s death on Thursday.
U.S. President Forwards Official Delegates to Georgian
Premier Funeral, Lugar Leading
** Council of Europe
Condoles With Georgia On Premier’s Death
** Investigators: Security
Not Check Apartment Where Georgian Premier Died
** Georgia Observes
Mourning Period for Late Prime Minister
President Forwards Official Delegates to
Georgian Premier Funeral, Lugar Leading
D.C. February 5 (RIA Novosti’s Arkadi Orlov) – President George
W. Bush has appointed official delegates to attend the funeral
of Zurab Zhvania, Georgia’s Prime Minister. Leading the delegation
is Richard Lugar, prominent Republican activist, in charge of
the Senate foreign affairs committee, reports the White House
who died a sudden death, will be interred tomorrow, Sunday February
took a Friday night flight from Washington, D.C., to get back
from Tbilisi, Monday, his staff members said to Novosti.
He was well
acquainted with the deceased. They had met on many occasions in
the United States and Georgia. The last time they saw each other
was December 6, as the two were receiving the W. Averell Garriman
award for contribution to global democratic development and the
Bush is also sending to the funeral Richard Miles, US Ambassador
to Georgia; Paul Applehart, in charge of the federal Millennium
Challenge Corporation international finance aid program; and Lorne
Craner, International Republican Institute Director, and once
Undersecretary of State.
of Europe Condoles With
Georgia On Premier’s Death
February 5 (RIA Novosti) – Zurab Zhvania, Georgia’s late lamented
Prime Minister, had been ardently dedicated to the democratic
reform cause in his country, Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Poland’s Minister
of Foreign Affairs, and head of the Council of Europe Committee
of Ministers, said in Strasbourg. Novosti/Georgia news agency
is quoting him with reference to the CE press service.
Zhvania was displaying great courage and ardent dedication to
the Georgian democratic reform cause. He was promoting the Council
of Europe’s values, and all CE heads of state will immediately
feel that he is no more," said Mr. Rotfeld.
CE Committee of Ministers chair expressed heartfelt condolence
with Zurab Zhvania’s near and dear as soon as his death was announced,"
adds the CE press service.
Security Not Check Apartment
Where Georgian Premier Died
February 4 (RIA Novosti’s Marina Kvaratskhelia) – Georgian Prime
Minister Zurab Zhvania’s bodyguards did not check household appliances,
as is routine, in the apartment where he died, a spokesman for
the Prosecutor General’s Investigation Board told RIA Novosti.
and his friend and host both died of carbon monoxide poisoning,
preliminary forensic expertise assumes.
Bodyguard Service (GBS) confirmed according to the safety rules
for the country’s supreme officers, bodyguards are to appear in
the apartment half an hour before the Premier’s arrival to check
all household appliances, including the gas stove proved fatal,
GBS informants told RIA Novosti.
to the rules, state official’s bodyguards are to contact their
client on the telephone once every half an hour. As things were,
the men made their first call as late as two hours after Mr. Zhvania
arrived, said Vano Merabishvili, Police and Public Security Affairs
prominent pathoanatomist, came down strongly on Georgian authorities
after they refused to have independent experts join the investigation.
"What are they scheming to hush up, I wonder?" she asked
in an interview with RIA Novosti.
who has been active in detecting many sensational crimes that
have shook Georgia, is raising doubts about reports of the carboxyhemoglobin
concentration found in Mr. Zhvania’s posthumous blood tests. Carboxyhemoglobin
is a substance made when carbon monoxide mixes with hemoglobin.
the concentration was 40 percent, compared to a lethal dose of
60 to 80 percent. A level of 40 percent certainly could not have
caused death, pointed out Ms. Nikoleishvili referencing her vast
medical experience. Besides, as far as she knows, there is no
gadgetry in Georgia that would establish carboxyhemoglobin concentration
so soon and with such precision.
is very skeptical about top Georgian authorities’ determination
to have FBI experts joining the investigation. "My practice
has given me sufficient reasons to doubt the competence of the
FBI. Here is only one example-the Georgi Sanaya case of 2001.
FBI assistance was of no use then," she remarked.
led a forensic medical laboratory for many years. She conducted
the postmortem examination of Georgi Sanaya, a muckraking journalist
from the Rustavi 2 television company, after he was murdered in
resigned from her post after her laboratory was incorporated into
the Justice Ministry. The laboratory must be an independent establishment,
she said explaining her step-down protest. She is currently in
Period for Late Prime Minister
(VOA) 5 February 2005 — Mourners line up to pay tribute to Zurab
Zhvania at his mother’s home in Tbilisi
observing two days of mourning following Thursday’s death of Prime
Minister Zurab Zhvania.
found the body of the 41-year-old Mr. Zhvania along with that
of a friend and fellow politician, Zurab Usupov in the friend’s
Friday confirmed that the two men had died of carbon monixide
poisoning blamed on a faulty heater.
funeral is scheduled for Sunday at Tbilisi’s cathedral.
The late prime
minister was prominent in the "Rose Revolution" that
toppled President Eduard Shevardnadze in 2003.
Georgian officials say a member of the country’s Presidential
Commission on Clemency apparently has committed suicide.
they found Giorgi Khelasvili at his home dead of a gunshot wound.
News agency reports say the victim suffered from depression. Authorities
are making no connection between the suicide and the prime minister’s