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Ex-Diplomat Held over Alleged Espionage
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 6 May.'09 / 14:53

Vakhtang Maisaia, who has served as counselor at the Georgian mission in NATO in 2004-2008, was arrested for espionage in favor of Russia, officials confirmed on May 6.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Maisaia had been passing sensitive information about “military and economic situation in Georgia, as well as about replacements in the Georgian government and about armament purchased by Georgia.”

Maisaia, who holds a Ph.D. in political science, served for the Georgian Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry in the past

“During the Russia-Georgia war, he has been passing information about the Georgian military units, military hardware and their numbers and also about places of their location. In exchange of this information, money was transferred on his bank account,” the Interior Ministry said.

President Saakashvili said while meeting with military top brass on May 6, that Maisaia “inflicted a huge damage to the country’s security.”

“During the August war he has been providing our enemy with the information about positions of the Georgian army once in every two hours or even more frequently,” Saakashvili said.

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