Georgia Detains Presidential Staff Member Suspected of Spying


A member of Georgia’s presidential staff has been detained under suspicion of spying and high treason.

Simon Kiladze “has been systematically passing on classified information to the secret services of another country,” Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying.

“The information concerned visits by the president, the heads of executive and legislative bodies and state delegations, the negotiations held, the issues discussed, and other strategic information,” the minister added.

Merabishvili said that Kiladze had received at least 20,000 dollars as reward.

He refused to name the country Kiladze is said to have spied for, adding that all the information would be revealed in court.

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