Georgian intelligence service head advances skills in United States



Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

Georgian intelligence service head Gela Bezhuashvili has temporarily left his post, Georgian Presidential Spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze said at a briefing.

According to her, in six months, Bezhuashvili will return from the United States and again hold his post.

“Bezhuashvili left for the United States to advance his skills, which will take six weeks. It was therefore decided that he will leave the office only for this period,” she said.

Meanwhile, Georgian media report that relations between President Mikheil Saakashvili and Bezhuashvili worsened after harsh criticism was voiced by the president of the Industrial Group company, which owns the Tkibuli coal mine. Saakashvili spoke sharply about the company’s owners after a blast at a mine killed one person.
One of the owners of the company is Bezhuashvili’s brother, David.

Georgian media wrote that Saakashvili is unlikely to further tolerate Bezhuashvili, who has headed the intelligence service for three years.

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