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Republic of Georgia: Garri Anatolyevich Pilia

, Index number: EUR 56/002/1993

Unofficial sources report that Garri Pilia, an ethnic Abkhazian, was taken hostage on account of his ethnic origin by Georgian forces in August 1992 and remains imprisoned because he is related to an opposition Abkhazian parliamentarian. At the time of his detention he was reportedly staying with friends in Dranda, south of Sukhumi. He started out to return home around 18-20 August but was taken hostage. A former detainee at Dranda Prison has reported hearing that Garri Pilia was held at Dranda but his whereabouts and situation are currently not known.

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