Police car in Kutaisi. Photo by Yulia Kasheta for the 'Caucasian Knot'.

18 June 2017, 14:28

Protesters in Kutaisi demand to investigate man's death after delivery to police

On June 17, activists of the "White Noise" movement held a protest action in Kutaisi under the slogan, "Levan Abzianidze was killed by the state." The action was dedicated to anniversary of Abzianidze's death.

Levan Abzianidze, a 56-year-old resident of Kutaisi, who worked as a taxi driver, was found dead in a park in central Kutaisi at night on June 18, 2015. His close relatives said that a few hours before his death, Abzianidze was taken to a police station, where he was exposed to narcological examination. According to relatives, to take the test, he was given a huge dose of some diuretic, the "Interpressnews" reported.

Abzianidze died shortly after he was released from the police station. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) confirmed that he had been checked for drug use, but refuted the information that he had been given some medication.

In the course of their action at the WhiteBridge in Kutaisi, activists of the "White Noise" movement recalled that no drugs were found in the body of Levan Abzianidze; and the official version of his death had never been made public. They demanded to hold an objective investigation and establish the cause of Abzianidze's death, the "News-Georgia" reports today.

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

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