11 August 2018, 10:34
Terrorist Chataev's helper detained in Georgia
Law enforcers have detained Ruslan Shavadze, who had been sentenced in absentia to 13 years in prison for complicity to the terrorist grouping headed by Akhmed Chataev.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 27, the Tbilisi Court sentenced six persons accused of complicity to Chataev's terrorist grouping to prison terms of 10-13 years. Shavadze was convicted in absentia, as he was on the wanted list.
Akhmed Chataev was a participant in the Second Chechen War; later, he received refugee status in Europe and became one of the recruiters of the "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court. Investigators consider him involved in organizing the terror act at the Istanbul Airport in June 2016.
Shavadze was detained on August 9 in Batumi, the Public Television of Georgia has reported citing Nino Giorgobiani, the press secretary of the State Security Service (SSS) of Georgia.
According to investigators, on October 27, 2017, Ruslan Shavadze crossed the border with the Chataev grouping; all of them reached Tbilisi. A few hours before the special operation, during which Chataev blew himself up, Shavadze left the apartment and disappeared.
Together with Chataev, Shavadze fought for militants in Syria and Iraq; the investigation on this case continues, the "InterPressNews" reports referring to the Georgian SSS.