Tbilisi City Court has found two former government officials guilty of abuse of authority, in a high-profile case involving a number of photographers.
The two men, Davit Devnozashvili and Aleksandre Mukhadze, were convicted of abuse of authority with violence and violating human dignity, the Court ruled on 20 July.
Devnozashvili, a former senior counterintelligence officer, and Mukhadze, former warden of Prison #8 , were sentenced to 4.5 and 1.5 years in prison respectively.
The case, often referred to as the ‘case of photographers’, involves Georgian photographers who were charged with espionage in 2011.
Four photographers including Zurab Kurtsikidze of the European Pressphoto Agency ( EPA ) and Irakli Gedenidze — then personal photographer of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili — had been accused of espionage by Saakashvili’s government.
The case was classified secret on the grounds that it involved ‘sensitive information concerning national security’.
Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office said in December …