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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Monday, August 4
“Why was the Greek actor killed?”

Sakartvelos Respublika covers murder charges against a Georgian man in Greece. He stands accused of killing a popular actor, and is the center of much media attention in Tbilisi:

“According to a Greek court, the Georgian who has been accused of murdering a Greek actor has been given preliminary detention.

The accused confessed to the crime but says he killed the Greek after sexual pressure.

After questioning [by the police] he gave interviews to journalists. According to him, he is very sorry about this incident and apologizes to the actor’s family.

Niko Sergianopoulos was murdered recently, his body was found in his home. The killer, who turned out to be Georgia, was arrested by Greek police last week.”

“French court released Mikheil Kareli”

24 Saati writes on the political asylum request of Mikheil Kareli, an ally of ex-minister and would-be opposition leader Irakli Okruashvili, who himself won political asylum in France this year:

“A French court released former Shida Kartli governor Mikheil Kareli from prison.

According to [Okruashvili’s political party] Movement for a United Georgia, Kareli was released pending the final discussion of his case.

Okruashvili’s lawyer is defending Kareli. The Georgian prosecutor general has no information about his release. Kareli is requesting political asylum in France.”

“Koba Liklikadze will be representative of Burjanadze’s fund for media freedom issues”

Akhali Taoba reports on the progress of ex-parliamentary speaker and political heavyweight Nino Burjanadze’s new NGO:

“The Foundation for Democracy and Development is beginning active work on media freedom issues.

According to the fund, the media issues representative for the Foundation for Democracy and Development will be Radio Liberty journalist Koba Liklikadze.

‘Supporting free speech and media and its institutional development is one of the main priorities of the fund. So, the current situation in Georgian media is a main emphasis of the fund,’ fund representatives say.

According to Nino Burjanadze, a democratic country can not exist without free media, and the current condition of the Georgian media is disturbing.

‘There are serious questions about media freedom. Without a free media there is no use in speaking not only about democratic development, but about any kind of development in general. On behalf of our fund Koba Liklikadze will lead this issue, but all of us will be involved in this,’ Burjanadze said.”