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Friday, September 28
Vladimer Bedukadze Added to Interpol Wanted List

Vladimer Bedukadze, former officer at Gldani No. 8 prison who filmed the now infamous footage of abuse, has been added to Interpol’s wanted list. The prison abuse video was released on September 18th but Vladimer Bedukadze was not in Georgia. According to the most recent information, Bedukadze is in Brussels, where he has held press conferences several times. (Interpressnews)

Khaindrava complains about pressure from government

Politician and film director Goga Khaindrava has complained about political pressure from government. Khaindrava told journalists that accusations about his connection with criminal networks have been fabricated. Khaindrava says there are no grounds for a criminal investigation against him and government is pressuring him because of his documentary film The Beacon of Democracy. Khaindrava also urges the French Embassy in Georgia to monitor the investigation. process. In addition, he plans to file a lawsuit in French Court. “This is hysteria on a legislative and moral level. I am sure that in cooperation with the French Embassy I will be given a possibility to look into this absolutely illegal and unbridled terror, which is being carried out against my family and me.” Khaindrava said. He is suspected of money laundering and membership of the criminal network. (Rustavi 2)

President opens Kutaisi International Airport

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili officially opened Kutaisi International Airport earlier today. Hungarian airline Wizz Air will make the first flight from Kiev to Davit Aghmashenebeli International Airport, as Georgia's newest airport is officially named.

The low-cost flight will be made twice a week, but the number of flights is expected to increase soon. (Rustavi 2)

Mikheil Saakashvili – Power Acting with Classical Russian Scheme Opposes us

The President of Georgia visited Imereti yesterday where he said that Georgian people have to make a choice between Russia and Europe. “What are the Russian schemes?! – That money is everything and people are nothing. To create discrediting materials, show it on TV and confuse the nation . Georgia is not a supermarket to enter and buy people as a product. Our people are not products, they are not sold. The future of our children has not been sold”, Saakshvili said. The President expressed his hope that the Georgian public will make the right choice. He said the Georgian opposition does not want Georgia to advance and in fact will destroy everything that has been built for the last 9 years. “They promise to move us from the road where six European leaders stood on August 12, 2008 to physically save Georgia’s statehood. This is our route. Our route is to Europe, freedom and advancement”, the President said adding that real democracy has been built in Georgia. “It means that people’s fate is not decided by the same 200 people, but by the people themselves." he added. Saakashvili also claimed that people who have been terrorized by "thieves-in-law" will decide Georgia’s fate. (IPN)

Foreign Minister holds meetings in US

The delegation of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia continued meetings at the United Nations General Assembly today. Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland and discussed the situation in Georgia`s occupied regions, the political situation in Georgia and human rights problems in the occupied regions. “It was a very interesting meeting. We discussed two important issues - the situation in the regions, including cooperation with the breakaway regions' governments. We also emphasized the threat that comes from the military exercises along our border and discussed the upcoming parliamentary elections,” Vashadze said. The Georgian Foreign Minister also held meetings with Asian and African colleagues and attended the 18th session of the GUAM foreign ministers. (Rustavi 2)

90 Georgian nationals deported from Turkey

90 Georgians have been deported from Turkey`s resort of Antalya, where they worked at a private green-house illegally. Antalya’s police have also arrested the owner of the green-house. 48 of the deported Georgians are women. The police stated that the deportees had arrived in Turkey as tourists. (Rustavi 2)