About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:05 - 22 Feb.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Crime Wave Stirs Public Outcry in Abkhazia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 22 Jun.'17 / 17:20

Series of recent crimes have stirred up a public outcry in Abkhazia, with political parties and public organizations demanding action to stop “lawlessness” in the region.

On June 12, a thirteen-year-old girl was raped in village Lower Eshera near Sokhumi, the region’s capital. On June 17, the suspect, Astamur Jopua, who had been wanted by the local law enforcement since June 15, surrendered himself to the police. Jopua, however, plead not guilty. 

Jopua, whose brother Almas is the leader of the Ainar party and serves in the region’s legislature, worked as a security guard for Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba since 2014, but the head of the security guard claimed on June 21, that Astamur Jopua had left his job shortly before the crime, on June 8.

Five days after the crime, the victim’s sister Anzhela Jgamazia (b. 1994) was found dead, shot in the back of her head. The suspect, the victim’s father Robert Jgamazia, is presently at large. According to the local media, Robert Jgamazia’s sisters said the murder was instigated by rape suspect’s brother Almas Jopua, who had met Robert Jgamazia several times after the incident and pointed at his older daughter’s “improper behavior.”

The crimes have alarmed the public in Abkhazia. On June 19, the opposition groups, including the Amtsakhara party, the Apra foundation, as well as the organizations - Kyarazaa, Aitaira, Abzankhara and Women in Politics, released a joint statement, decrying “lawlessness” in Abkhazia and stressing on the failure of the Abkhaz authorities to duly respond to the two cases, as well as the attempted murder of 36-year-old Yulian Bobua on June 16 in the center of Sokhumi. 

“The authorities have withdrawn from fulfilling their constitutional duties. People started solving their problems on their own. Cases of extrajudicial punishment have reached a threatening scale for our small society,” the statement reads.

“The People’s of Abkhazia for Justice and Development” party issued a separate statement on June 19, also criticizing “lawlessness” in the region.

Relatives of Jgamazia family gathered in protest, demanding punishment of Astamur Jopua, as well as his brother Almas Jopua, and accusing the government of trying to cover up the crime. The protest participants turned to the region’s parliament, requesting its oversight over the investigations. On June 19, the legislature tasked its defense committee to conduct oversight of the two “heinous” crimes. 

On June 19, the region’s leader Raul Khajimba urged the law enforcement authorities to investigate the two cases with “no mercy, no excuses,” while his deputy Vitaly Gabnia said that the region’s authorities were planning to involve experts from the Russian Federation for forensic examinations “that will take place not only in Abkhazia but also in Russia.” 

As a separate development, on June 19, an explosive devise went off in Sokhumi, with the victim, Ruslan Argun, losing part of his left leg as a result. A day later, Roland Jopua, Abkhaz war veteran, opened fire in the office of the disabled war veterans of Abkhazia, firing several times. On June 22, a 50-year-old resident of Abkhazia, Gennady Sulaberidze, was shot dead in Gagra.

Latest News
22 Feb.'18 14:05
Georgia in TIís 2017 Corruption Perception Index
Georgia’s score in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index has slightly worsened.
22 Feb.'18 12:40
Parliament Overrides Presidential Veto on Broadcasting Law
The amendments have triggered strong criticism from CSOs, media outlets and parliamentary opposition.
22 Feb.'18 11:04
Georgia in Amnestyís Annual Human Rights Report
The Amnesty International highlights several concerns regarding the state of human rights in Georgia.
21 Feb.'18 18:14
Crimean Tatar Mejlis Chairman Visits Georgia
Refat Chubarov met Georgian parliamentary speaker and government minister during his stay in the country.
21 Feb.'18 16:38
President Campaigns to Engage Youth in Centennial Celebrations
Georgia will mark the centennial anniversary of restoration of its statehood on May 26, 2018.
21 Feb.'18 13:26
Foreign Minister Warns Against Visa-Waiver Abuse
Over 220,000 Georgian citizens have enjoyed visa free travel to the Schengen area.
20 Feb.'18 15:19
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 27
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
19 Feb.'18 17:53
Tbilisi City Court Releases Turkish Citizen on Bail
Mustafa Emre Çabuk has been released pending final court decision on his extradition to Turkey.
19 Feb.'18 15:49
CSOs, Media Outlets Call for Parliamentary Probe into Mukhtarli Case
The joint statement has been signed by 35 local civil society organizations and media outlets.
19 Feb.'18 14:09
Georgian PM Meets World Leaders in Munich
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Munich Security Conference on February 16-18.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
26