Death of 15 years old Luka Siradze sparks controversies in Georgia
18 December, 2019
Death of 15 years old Luka Siradze sparks controversies in Georgia
Opposition parties have issued a joint statement expressing their condolences over the death of 15 years old Luka Siradze. “We feel great sadness over the death of Luke Siradze. It is impossible to find words of comfort in these difficult minutes. First of all, we would like to express our condolences to the family, friends, and relatives over this terrible tragedy.

This story shook whole Georgia.

This is not the first case, and will not be the last one until we
make systematic changes in the country.

The tragedy of Luka has made us to decide to cancel the picketing of Parliament building scheduled for tomorrow, but that does not mean that we reject other forms of a nonviolent protest, ”the statement said.

Who was Luka Siradze?


15 years old Luka Siradze, who tried suicide after being questioned in the First Police Unit of Tbilisi’s Didube-Chughureti district on December 10-11, died at Tbilisi’s Iashvili Children’s Hospital on December 17.

The minor was interrogated within the investigation into the fact of offensive graffiti in the territory of one of Tbilisi’s schools. An investigator has been detained in connection with this case.
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Students protesting in front of Tbilisi Classical Gymnasium

Georgian PM’s response


Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said in a statement released in connection with the death of a 15 years old teen that everybody, who was found guilty of any crime, would be severely punished

According to the PM, everything should be done so that no questions remain about the tragedy.

“I express my deep sorrow over the tragic death of 15 years old Luka Siradze. First and foremost, I declare with full responsibility that all persons will be severely punished, regardless of their rank or status, who are be found guilty of any offence by the State Inspector’s Service – the independent investigative agency.

First of all, we must do everything together so that no one have questions in conneciton with this tragedy. Therefore, I urge both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Education to fully cooperate with the investigation, which will be open and transparent, ” PM Gakharia said.

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