Georgian Journalists Believe Security Secretary Was Murdered

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– The "Georgian Times" newspaper Editor-in-Chief Zviad Pochkhua–in an exclusive interview with Noyan Tapan–expressed that it has not been excluded that the cause of death of Georgian National Security Secretary Nugzar Sajaya might not at be suicide–but murder.

In the February 22 "Georgian Times" issue–an article by Georgi Kapanadze titled "Gays Rule Georgia" appeared. This support the official version of death–that Secretary Nugzar Sajaya committed suicide because of newspaper publications. Pochkhua commented that Georgi Kapanadze may be imprisoned for 5 years for his publications.

Pochkhua said that the history of the publication began at the Tbilisi forum of refugees from Abkhazia–at which Jemal Kogekidze–parliamentary representative of the "Renaissance" party of Ajarian Supreme Counsel Chairman Aslan Abashidze–accused Nugzar Sajaya and Avtandil Ioseliani–the chief of the Georgian secret service–in planning Aslan Abashidze’s murder.

Pochkhua said–after this statement–big noise was raised in the Georgian mass media. However–it was basically Ioseliani who would speak–while Sajaya kept silent. During those times–Sajaya was given the nickname "grey cardinal".

In a telephone interview with a "Georgian Times" correspondent–former defense minister and former political prisoner Tengiz Kitovani stated that Georgia is being ruled by the "grey cardinal"–and that "the government is ruled by gays".

It is curious that–Pochkhua noted–right after the announcement of the material on the "Rustavi-2" TV channel–several days before the death of Sajaya–authorities began making telephone calls to the editorial office–stating that such articles may lead one to suicide.

"It is not surprising that the official version about suicide caused by the newspaper publications was put forward immediately before conducting investigation," the editor-in-chief stated.

He also said that before all these events–pieces of information would frequently appear in press–according to which Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze wanted to get rid of Sajaya.

In the meantime–some sources were confident that Sajaya worked for Russian special services–and he is against the presence of the US soldiers in the Pankisi Gorge. Some other mass media sources state that Sajaya conducts a policy favorable for the US. It is known as well that on the day of his murder–Sajaya was to meet with the Ukrainian Security Counsel secretary.

"The version that Sajaya was compelled to commit suicide is as much acceptable as that of murder," stated Pochkhua and noted that journalists will conduct their own investigation.

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