Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region
A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has died, sparking protest in one of the country’s most isolated regions.
Temirlan Machalikashvilli died in the early hours of January 10, following a gunshot wound to the head. He had been in intensive care for two weeks. The victim’s relatives say Georgian authorities were unwilling to save his life, and withheld information from the family that a German clinic had agreed to help the 19-year-old Machalikashvilli.
The mother of the deceased, Aiza Margoshvili, had strong words for the police officers responsible for the shooting.
“They, these fascists, killed my son! All for nothing,” she said, according to the news site Sova.
Earlier, the boy’s father, Malkhaz Machalikashvili, warned that he was ready to take extreme actions if the authorities did not find suitable treatments for his son.
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