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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gamsakhurdia Unearthed

APPolice standing near what appeared to be the corpse of Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
GROZNY -- Authorities in Chechnya on Saturday unearthed what appeared to be the corpse of former Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, his son said, and forensic experts prepared to examine the remains to determine the cause of his mysterious death.

Gamsakhurdia was elected as Georgia's first president in 1991, but was overthrown in a popular uprising in January 1992. He fled to Chechnya and lived there until he returned to Georgia and led an unsuccessful rebellion aimed at returning to power. He died under mysterious circumstances in 1993.

Gamsakhurdia's son Konstantin Gamsakhurdia told reporters in Grozny on Saturday that he had identified his father's body based on his watch and shoes, put in his coffin in line with local tradition. "I have no doubt that it is him," he said.