The US Department of States has strongly condemned the shooting and illegal detention of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze, 33, by the Russian-controlled occupation forces on July 11.
We strongly condemn the shooting and detention of a Georgian citizen by Russian-led forces, and we call for his immediate release. Once again, we demand that Russia fulfill its commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreement. https://t.co/wZVmcqrYbK— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) July 13, 2020
The Georgian State Security Service says that Gakheladze, a resident of the village of Kvemo Chala in Kaspi Municipality (central Georgia) was shot (in the leg) and illegally detained near the Skhvilo fortress of Kaspi Municipality.
The fact represents a dangerous precedent. It has been once again confirmed that a dangerous practice of illegal detentions creates ground for grave incidents and escalation of the situation,” said the State Security Service.
The man still remains in illegal detention.