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SSS reports arrest of 2 Georgian citizens for terrorist crime

The representatives of Russian occupation forces illegally detained a Georgian citizen near the occupied city of Tskhinvali on June 6, 2024.

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Georgia, June 6, 2024: The representatives of Russian occupation forces illegally detained a Georgian citizen near the occupied city of Tskhinvali on June 6, 2024.

The State Security Service of Georgia (SSS) reported the arrest of two Georgian citizens for the illegal purchase and storage of firearms and ammunition as part of the ongoing investigation of a terrorist crime.

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The special operation was conducted simultaneously in two locations in Batumi. According to SSS, automatic rifles, pistols, hand grenades, flags with symbols of the terrorist organization “Islamic State,” and various types of evidence were removed from the residences of the arrested persons.

As soon as the information about this incident was received, the State Security Service activated a “hotline” operated by the EU Monitoring Mission.

The Geneva International Discussions Co-Chairs and international partners have immediate access to information on the following facts of illegal detention.

The Georgian State Security Service on Thursday said its professionals had detained two citizens of Georgia on charges of illegal purchase and storage of firearms and ammunition in two locations in Georgia’s Black Sea city of Batumi as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation.

The body also said “counter-terrorist measures” were being carried out to identify connections of the detained individuals with the Islamic State terrorist organization.

The State Security Service (SSS) of Georgia notes that the Counter-Terrorism Center of the State Security Service is conducting an investigation under Articles 236 and 328 of the Criminal Code, which provides for prison sentences of 3 to 6 years and 10 to 17 years, respectively.

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At the same time, the SSS said, anti-terrorist measures are being actively carried out to identify the links of the detained persons with the terrorist organization “Islamic State.

All existing mechanisms have been implemented to release illegally detained Georgian citizens in the shortest possible time.

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