The Pankisi Gorge. Georgia. Photo by the user Valeri Elashvili https://www.flickr.com/

19 June 2015, 14:59

Borchashvili denied any involvement in recruiting Pankisi residents to war in Syria

Imam Ayuf Borchashvili, detained in Georgia on suspicion of recruiting residents of the Pankisi Gorge for participation in the war in Syria, refuses to plead guilty, said his advocate. His fellow villagers refused to hold a rally with a demand of his release and recollected the events of 2012, when special agents conducted the Lapankuri special operation.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 14, five persons were detained in the Pankisi Gorge on suspicion of recruiting for the "Islamic State" (IS).

On the same day, the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reported that four persons were detained in the Tbilisi Airport, who, according to the police, were going to fly to Turkey, and from there to get to Syria. On June 18, Ayuf Borchashvili, Georgi Khutunishvili, Georgi Kuprava and David Pirisebiya were arrested, said the press service of the court.

Borchashvili believes that his detention is a sort of power agents' revenge for his refusal to cooperate.

According to the advocate Gela Nikoleishvili, Borchashvili has admitted that he knew Muslim Kushtanashvili and Muslim Bagakashvili, minors from Pankisi, who are now at war in Syria. Investigators assert that they had been recruited by Borchashvili; however, he states that he had sent these young men to study in Turkey, not knowing that they had intended to go to fight in Syria.

In 2013, Borchashvili founded the NGO "Vainakhs for Human Rights"; and in 2014, together with like-minded supporters, he negotiated the acquisition of the old local school building for placing a training centre there.

As noted by Mamuka Areshidze, the head of the Centre for Strategic Studies of the Caucasus, today a transit point for the transfer of militants into the territory of Russia cannot be created in Pankisi.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Beslan Kmuzov; Source: CK correspondent

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060
Know more? Do not be silent!
Lt feedback banner
All news

September 28, 2016 22:35

  • Kuban farmers report fictitious forum organized by power agents

    30 participants of the "tractor march" came to the city of Yeisk to take part in a non-existent event; however, they managed to timely leave the city, said Kuban (Krasnodar Territory) farmers. By the assumption of farmers, the fictitious meeting was organized by power agents with the aim to arrest activists.

September 28, 2016 21:33

September 28, 2016 16:38

  • CPRF members go on hunger strike in Buynaksk

    There are 15 hunger-strikers from the Buynaksk branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), who demand to revise the election outcomes in Buynaksk, said Kamil Shakhbulatov, the branch leader.

September 28, 2016 14:42

September 28, 2016 08:48

  • Baichorov's advocate associates his client's case with plans to demolish Kislovodsk mosque

    On September 27, the court of appeal began to question witnesses in the case against of Kislovodsk Imam Kurman-Ali Baichorov. Witness Vitaly Kravtsov, who was invited as a witness during the Imam's detention, stated that he had arrived to the checkpoint of the road-and-patrol service (known as DPS) by an order of his Ataman. According to the witness, when he saw Kurman-Ali Baichorov for the first time, the latter had been already kept at the DPS checkpoint handcuffed behind his back and with a plastic bag over his head.

News archive