One of the teachers, Shorena, connected to the Roddy Scott Foundation, name in honor of a 31 year murdered Journalist who had visited the region in documented the plight of the Kist and Chechen people during the two Chechen wars. Pankisi is an enclave of ethnic Chechens, called Kist, who have lived for hundreds of years in Georgia.
Trafficking Vladimir Lozinski, a Trustee and Director of the Roddy Scott Foundation, sent statement to InterPressNews. According to him, participation of
Asmat Khangoshvii in drug trafficking is excluded. I and many people in the foreign community of Tbilisi have known and worked with Asmat “Shorena” Khangoshvili for seven years in a professional capacity. It is impossible that she would be involved in drug trafficking”, Vladimir Lozinski said. He was informed by his staff about detention of Khangoshvili, according to which, she was arrested by a group of Tbilisi based plain clothes security in Akhmeta on Friday 16th her outside the pharmacy in Akhmeta. “Locals citizens, Lukhumi Kushtanashvili and Lino Kushanashvili tried to help her because they thought it was a kidnap. The police told them to go away." Unless you want more problems go away". The local taxi drivers asked, “Why are you arresting this woman? They said " We have found drugs in her bag". A local resident responded. "You have not even opened her bag yet". The police then opened her bag and went through it, took out her cosmetics”, Lozinski says. He has been informed that local eyewitnesses heard the police ask each other in the car what kind of drugs would they accuse her of carrying –
pills or narcotics. Eye witnesses refuse to be named out of fear of reprisal from the police. Roddy Scott was young English journalist who was killed in Chechnya. The Foundation is named after him and is supported by private donations from the international journalist community, senior foreign correspondents from the BBC, the Estonian, Dutch Embassies and the International
Women's association in Tbilisi. It is running English language and computer classes for more than 160 young students in the Pankisi Valley
for the past 4 years. The management of the foundation assesses that Asmat Khangoshvili is one of their best teachers. Roddy Scott foundation collaborator Asmat Khangoshvili was detained on Friday in Akhmeta. Her mother, Tina Gumashvil informs that Khangoshvili was taken to Tbilisi the same day and sentenced to a month of imprisonment without being questioned. The local residents of village Duisi protests her detention and they are not going to stop. They also plan to gather signatures and address
international organizations. (Source: Interpressnews, 19 Sept 2011.)
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