20 Dec 2019 21:56

Georgian detectives detain man suspected of attempting to kill Gamsakhurdia's son - Interior Ministry

TBILISI. 20 (Interfax) - Georgian detectives have detained five people in a case dealing with an attempt to kill Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, first Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia's son, the Georgian Interior Ministry said on Friday evening.

Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Bortsvadze said at a news briefing that a resident of Tbilisi, born in 1991, was detained on charges of a premeditated murder attempt.

The other four people have been detained for failing to report a serious crime, he said.

The investigation has determined that the detainee inflicted several knife wounds on Tsotne Gamsakhurdia following a verbal argument on Gali Street in Tbilisi on December 19, after which he fled the scene, Bortsvadze said.

If found guilty, the prime suspect may face seven to 15 years' and the others from three to seven years' imprisonment, he said.

Tsotne Gamsakhurdia was seriously injured near his home in Tbilisi on Thursday evening. Georgian media reported that he remained in critical condition after suffering several penetrating knife wounds to his chest and other injuries to his head.