From Times Online
June 4, 2007
Georgian academic turned opposition politician who was outspoken in his criticism of foreign influence in his country
Guram Sharadze, a Georgian opposition politician, was leader of the “Language, Fatherland, Faith” group and a prominent critic of foreign, particularly Western, influence in Georgia. He frequently denounced George Soros’s civil society work in the country. Guram Sharadze, Georgian opposition politician, was born on October 17, 1940. He died after being shot on May 20, 2007, aged 66.
Sharadze was born in 1940 in Gurianta, Ozurgeli region. In 1963 he graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in philology. Following graduation he took up an academic research position at the university, and in 1967 moved to the Institute of Georgian Literature, attached to the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
Georgia opposition claim Guram Sharadze killing ordered by government
Guram Sharadze, head of a small nationalist movement, was shot dead in central Tbilisi on Sunday night.
Police say a man arrested shortly after the shooting has confessed, but they declined to give further details out of concern about compromising the investigation.
Sharadze, who led the Faith, Fatherland and Language movement, was a prominent critic of Western influences in Georgia and had especially denounced the civil-society work funded by U.S. philanthropist George Soros.
Under President Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia has assiduously pursued closer relations with the West, including eventual membership in NATO and the European Union a policy that angers many nationalists.
“This was a political contract murder. I categorically assert that the contractors are the authorities of the country,” said Irina Sarishvili, head of the center-right Imedi party.
Levan Bezhuashvili, a top figure in the parliamentary majority coalition, said “the attempt of the opposition to place all of this in the hands of the government comes from the region of fantasy.”
Neither Saakashvili’s office nor the government issued a statement on the killing.
Human Rights in Georgia
Three Versions of Political Assassination of Guram Sharadze
Numerous Witnesses of Guram Sharadze’s Murder: What Does the “Edited” Video Actually Show?
Almost one year has already passed since Guram Sharadze, famous Georgian Scientist, was brutally murdered in Tbilisi. The case has been investigated and the responsible person caught and sentenced. However, is the right person spending hard time or has someone been set up to take a fall for a crime he did not commit. The convicted murder is not considered as being guilty by the family of Guram Sharadze. They consider that an innocent person is behind bars. Rusudan Sharadze, the daughter of Guram Sharadze, cannot believe that her father was murdered by Giorgi Barateli. This begs many questions: What has Rusudan Sharadze found out since the death of her father? What do scores and scores of witnesses and video-recorded footage reveal about the murder? The Human Rights Center has interviewed Rusudan Sharadze.
Presa.ge Tries to Get Public Information through the Court
Assassination of Guram Sharadze Is No More Tabooed
Invisible Witnesses and Blind Temida
Georgian Supreme Court passed final verdict on Guram Sharadze’s murder. The court did not satisfy the cassation appeal of the attorneys. It happened on November 14 2008. Maia Oshkhareli, chairperson of the court, judges Davit Sulakvelidze and Iuri Tkeshelashvili estimated that assassination of Guram Sharadze “was not important case for the development and establishment of single judiciary practice” (we cannot offer the reader explanation of the verdict in popular language). Attorneys of Guram Sharadze’s family are preparing appeal to Strasbourg Court. Before the Supreme Court, district and appeal courts were discussing the murder case.
Academician Guram Sharadze was murdered at the corner of Melikishvili and Shanidze streets on May 20 2007. He was shot three times and died on the place. The accident happened at about 8:30 pm and there were people in the street who witnessed it. Patrol policemen Levan Bochorishvili and Robert Paniev also witnessed the murder. The assassination of famous scientist was recorded by a video-eye installed on the building of Insurance Company “Aldagi” in Melikishvili Avenue.