Georgian president's office says detained journalists were spies
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||8 July 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Georgian president's office says detained journalists were spies, 8 July 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e2043a0c.html [accessed 26 May 2016]|
July 08, 2011
Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili
A spokeswoman for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says four Georgian news photographers arrested on July 7 were part of a "spying network."
The spokeswoman added that the photographers' arrests had "nothing to do with their journalism."
The detained photojournalists are accused of spying for a foreign country, although Georgian officials have yet to name the country involved.
The detainees are Zurab Kurtsikidze, a photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency; freelancer Giorgi Abdaladze; and Saakashvili's personal photographer, Irakli Gedenidze, together with his wife Natia Gedenidze, also a photographer.
AP photographer Shakh Aivazov was also briefly detained and released without charges.
Lawyers for Kurtsikidze and Abdaladze say their clients deny wrongdoing.
compiled from agency reports