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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Rebel Killed by Police

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian police on Sunday shot and killed the pardoned leader of a 1998 military mutiny after he took several police officials hostage, the interior minister said.

The confrontation began when police tried to detain Akaky Eliava and four supporters on suspicion of illegal weapons possession, Interior Ministry officials said.

But the five men refused to give up their arms and took four police officials hostage at a police headquarters in the western town of Zestafoni, officials said.

Police opened fire on Eliava and the other men after they demanded a car and tried to leave the police building with the hostages, Targamadze said.

Eliava led soldiers in a one-day mutiny against President Eduard Shevardnadze's government in October 1998, then went into hiding. He surrendered a year ago, after the government freed 39 of his allies who were suspected of helping organize the revolt, and was pardoned after he and 10 comrades turned in their weapons.