MILITARY
Who Benefits from Discrediting the Georgian Military?
08 May, 2015
The Georgian Armed Forces celebrated their 24th anniversary on April 30. On exactly the same day, several Georgian media outlets, referring to the French media as a source, published information about Georgian troops on a peacekeeping mission in CAR having allegedly raped local teenagers.

There exists a reasonable suspicion that someone deliberately attempted to get Georgian military involved in this scandal

According to the information spread by a British newspaper The Guardian, the children were raped from December of 2013 to
June of 2014. The Batumi Company arrived to the Central African Republic on the 8th of June and it is difficult to believe that the soldiers simply went off the handle that very day and ran off to rape African teenagers.
A degree of clarity was brought to this sensitive issue in a couple of days after it was raised, when Paula Donovan, one of the directors of the AIDS-Free World organization declared that the UN report made no mention of Georgian troops raping anyone. The document mentions Georgians only twice – first, when a local teenager describing a French soldier who allegedly raped someone, says that he was replaced on duty by a Georgian trooper, and second was the act of rape which took place when the French soldiers were showing the territory to a Georgian newcomer.
As it can be seen, rape did indeed take place, but the rapists allegedly belonged to the ranks of French military. This is indirectly confirmed by a special statement made by the President of France, in which he said that he’ll wait for the investigation results and in case the offense is established, the guilty soldiers of the French army will be severely punished.
There exists a reasonable suspicion that someone deliberately attempted to get Georgian military involved in this scandal. If this is the case, an investigation is necessary to find out into whose hands does the defamation of the Georgian Armed Forces play.
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