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Compiled by Sopo Datishvili
Tuesday, March 24
Irakli Okruashvili will return soon

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that the leader of the Movement for United Georgia, Irakli Okruashvili, will play an important part in the April demonstrations. He will return from France soon, despite of the fact he is wanted by the police in Georgia.

“To give the specific date and time of his arrival is naturally not recommended as we seek to preserve his security. Such a brave step as he is taking is very important for furthering the processes which will change much in our country’s political life. The fight against this regime demands the consolidation of forces and Irakli Okruashvili can do much in this regard, and I’m sure he will manage to. His safety is under threat, and we care about this, but the step of a politician is more valuable if it bears some risks for himself, so let’s see what will happen,” said Eka Beselia, his lawyer and fellow party member.

Murder ordered by father-in-law

Kviris Palitra reports that the murderers of Zurab Zubadelashvili, the son of two time MP Laert Zubadelashvili, have been identified after six years from the crime. Zurab Zubadelashvili father-in-law is alleged to have ordered his murder.

“The years passed and I lost hope that the murderer would be ever found. I had my suspicions about somne people, but now I’m thankful that the case has been resolved,” said Laert Zubadelashvili.

Zurab Zubadelashvili was riddled with bullets at the entrance to his apartment block in Bakhtrioni Street in 2003. The motive of the murder was thought to be vengeance. The Interior Ministry says that Revaz Chachua, his father-in-law, and relative Almaata Grigolia have been detained. The ex-wife of the murderer was also detained and was accused of concealing information about the murder but was later released after paying GEL 10,000 bail.

During the investigation it was established that the murder was actually committed by Giorgi Kuparadze, who is already in prison for the murder of Azeri citizen Teimuraz Sharashenidze and two policemen prior to this.

Discussions about Writers’ Union property conclude

Rezonansi reports that members of the Writers’ Union and Minister of Culture Nika Rurua have finally agreed about the future of the building situated at 13 Machabeli Street. As Nika Rurua said after the meeting, the building will become the property of the Writers’ Union but only partially, and any writer or writers’ organization will be able to use the remaining part for their literary activities. From now the whole building will be called the House of Writers’.

“The conceptual obstacles are already overcome. Those who create modern literature will become the owners of the comfortable and high standard House of Writers’, Nika Rurua said.