2017-02-13 19:11:00

Georgian president concerned over reports of plotted assassination of Georgian Orthodox Church's high-ranking clergyman

Tbilisi, February 13, Interfax - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has expressed concern over information of the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office about a plotted assassination of a high-ranking clergyman and said that he is closely following the investigation.

"I am concerned over information spread by the Prosecutor General's Office today, according to which an assassination of a high-ranking clergyman of the Georgian Orthodox Church was plotted," the president said in a statement on Monday.

The statement said that the presidential administration is following the investigation and maintaining the contacts with the Prosecutor General's Office. "On the basis of the interests of the state we expect a timely conclusion of investigation, which will give answers to questions both of possible participants in the plotted crime and paymasters," the statement said.

Earlier on Monday, the Georgian Prosecutor General Irakli Shotadze confirmed that Father Giorgi Mamaladze, head of the Georgian Patriarchate's property management department, was detained at Tbilisi international airport on February 10.