Court in Akhalgori district has left Tbilisi-based doctor, Vazha Gaprindashvili in two-month custody for “illegally crossing the border” in occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. He has already spent 35 days in custody.
“It is very unfortunate that despite the local as well as international engagement, a lot of promises, no decision was made in our favor,” his daughter, Irina Gaprindashvili wrote on her Facebook page following the ruling.
According to her, the hearing has been postponed for a week and the main reason is that Gaprindashvili “does not change his testimony and refuses to say he crossed any border [since South Ossetia is a part of Georgia].”
Georgian officials have recently expressed optimism, that Dr. Gaprindashvili will be released promptly, citing “communication from several sources.
He was charged with “illegally crossing the border” under article 322 of the Criminal Code of Russia. “It was established that Georgian citizen deliberately violated the state border of the republic,” Tskhinvali reported on November 13.