. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Sentenced

TBILISI, Georgia () -- The Georgian Supreme Court sentenced an associate of the late President Zviad Gamsakhurdia to prison Monday for helping to organize 1993 unrest aimed at bringing the leader back to power.


Zaur Kobalia, chief of the pro-Gamsakhurdia All-Georgian Civil Disobedience Committee, was found guilty of treason and banditry and sentenced to 13 years in jail.


Gamsakhurdia, a Soviet-era dissident, was elected president in 1991 but ousted the following year in a bloody coup. He tried to claw back power from current President Eduard Shevardnadze in late 1993 by launching a revolt in the west of the country. Russian troops intervened to help Shevardnadze and doom Gamsakhurdia after several hundred people died in fighting.