More Alleged Journalist Spies arrested in Tbilisi Georgia Misha Saakashvili gets set up by own Ministry of Internal Affairs, or something even worst ... is he the real Boris? Of course the US Embassy knows, and may even be somehow involved; the most prominent of those arrested are Misha's personal photographer, Irakli Gedenidze, and his wife Natia. The president's spokesperson refuses to comment, according to Interpressnews. Maestro TV, a Georgian pro-democracy station, said at noon today "that they are accused of being spies." Today the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs says it has issued a statement according to which these journalists have been taken into custody: In addition to the president's personal photographer, Irakli Gedenidze, and his wife Natia, who is also a photographer, three journalists were reported as having been arrested. They are: Giorgi Abdaladze, photographer for Georgia's foreign ministry Zurab Kurtsikidze, works for various European agencies Shah Aivazov, Associated Press, AP Shah Aivazov was later reported as not having been arrested, but brought in as a witness, then released. He was brought in as a witness, but has already left the Moduli building. This is but the tip of the iceberg as a constant effort to crackdown on all press and individual freedoms in Georgia and such a crackdown may drive the country back into the sphere of Russian influence - and this questions as if there is method in the madness, especially n the aftermath of a brutal crackdown on apparently pro-democracy protesters on May 26, resulting in killed, injuries and disappeared.
Other journalist have been beaten and tortures, including foreign, and police have refused to investigate, and in one instance, on the instruction of the US Embassy in Tbilisi. It appears that the US government is more concern for keeping Georgia as an outpost for logistical support than as a fledgling democracy - and applies a double standard for its friends in this part of the world, especially Georgia and Azerbaijan, and is willing to turn a blind eye and hold its nose to an array of human rights violations and organized crime, as long as the oil and weapons flow in the appropriate directions.
Georgia has also become a preferred venue for money laundering and drugs for weapons swaps.
Here is one of the early stories written about the most recent wage of arrests.
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