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July 11, 2011
The Alia Newspaper Publishes Letter by Giorgi Abdaladze
The Alia Newspaper Publishes Letter by Giorgi Abdaladze

The Alia newspaper of July 9 published a letter by Giorgi Abdaladze indicted for espionage in favor of Russia. The author of the letter says to sacrifice himself "to reveal the truth."

Giorgi Abdaladze's "urgent statement", citing the Alia, has been published in a handwritten form.

Giorgi Abdaladze, who has been cooperating with the Alia in addition to working for the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a photographer requests all of the journalists "being concerned about revealing the truth in regard to this unfair case conducted by the authorities against media," to prevent another illegality like in the cases of Imedi, Ninth Wave, Iberia and many more."

"I am going to sacrifice myself to reveal the truth since I hope for you all. The only thing we can do, jointly, is to deny them a right to carry out new "Enveri" scenarios. Today the Alia is being fought, who is going to be the one tomorrow...." reads the letter by Giorgi Abdaladze writing from the temporary detention isolator.

Giorgi Abdaladze, the Alia reports, has been on hunger strike in protest.

On July 9, the Prosecutor's Office accused four detained photo-reporters, Irakli Gedenize, his spouse Natia Gedenidze, Zurab Kurtsikidze and Giorgi Abdaladze of espionage and launched a criminal case according to Article 314, Part 1, of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which considers imprisonment from 8 to 14 years in length.

Tbilisi City Court has bailed out Natia Gedenidze at GEL 10 thousand. The remaining three detainees have been sentenced to 2-month pretrial detention.


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