TBILISI: Police Tight-Lipped On Two ‘Spies’ Case


Civil Georgia
Jan 30 2009

Two citizens of Georgia, arrested and charged with espionage and
setting up of an illegal armed group, will spend at least two months
in pre-trial detention pending investigation, according to the Georgian
Interior Ministry.

Grigol Minasyan and Sarkis Akopjanyan were arrested on January 22;
the Interior Ministry has declined since then to reveal details of the
case, including in favor of which country they were allegedly spying.

Shota Khizanishvili, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told
Civil.Ge on January 30, that he was not authorized to discuss details
because of the ongoing investigation.

According to the Armenian and Russian media reports, the two men, who
were arrested in Akhaltsikhe, a town in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region,
are affiliated with Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun).

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