Shanae Brooke. Photo: personal Facebook page,

14 September 2021, 19:01

Political analysts: Brooke’s murder case not to affect reputation of “Georgian Dream” Party

The accusation of a member of the “Georgian Dream” Party in the murder of Australian teacher Shanae Brooke will not have an impact on the electorate of the ruling party and the results of the upcoming elections, Georgian political analysts interviewed by the “Caucasian Knot” note.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on September 8, Rafael Mursakulov, a 33-year-old resident of Tbilisi, was detained on suspicion of the murder of Shanae Brooke, a teacher from Australia. The police found him due to the DNA traces left at the crime scene. According to the investigators’ version, the teacher was killed in Tbilisi when she resisted a robber.

Rafael Mursakulov was an activist, a coordinator, and an observer of the “Georgian Dream” Party in the Mtatsminda polling district, as well as an observer in the election commission.

The fact that the person who committed the crime is a member of the party does not characterize the entire party, political analyst Gela Vasadze says. “The killer may suddenly turn out to be a member of any party, including the ‘Georgian Dream’, ‘United National Movement’ (UNM), and even ‘Lelo’ Party,” Gela Vasadze told the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent.

Even if Rafael Mursakulov is found guilty in the murder of Shanae Brooke, it will not affect the elections in any way, political analyst Gela Vasadze believes. “It is unlikely to have any effect, because nothing can influence the elections now, since the rating of a political party is made up of other components,” the political analyst emphasized.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 14, 2021 at 11:10 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Beslan Kmuzov; Source: CK correspondent

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