Georgian President's Office Says Detained Journalists Were Spies
July 08, 2011
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
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