President, Defense Minister attend funeral of fallen soldier
Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili and Defence Minister Dimitri Shashkini attended the funeral ceremony of Georgian soldier Gela Tigishvili fallen during the Russian aggression in 2008. The funeral was held in the village of Kodistskaro, Kaspi region.
The president and the defence minister personally expressed condolences to the family of the deceased soldier and promised their support. The Honor Guard of Georgian Armed Forces was also involved in the funeral. The military servicemen of the Honor Guard paid a tribute to the honor of the fallen hero soldier by firing a salvo.
During the August War in 2008 Senior Sergeant Gela Tigishvili was 36 years old. He had been registered as missed before this time. He was identified only after DNA analyses. Senior sergeant Gela Tigishvili had served in Georgian Armed Forces since 2006. He was awarded Devoted for Homeland Medal and Vakhtang Gorgasali I Rank Order.
Giorgi Turashvili - father of Georgian deceased soldier Zurab Turashvili also attended the funeral in Kaspi region. Sergeant Turashvili also bravely died in Russia-Georgian war in 2008. He was buried in Kvareli region last Sunday on August 5.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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