Two Turkish citizens wanted in Turkey for ‘terrorism’ had been hiding in the Tbilisi residence of Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, Georgian opposition TV channel Rustavi 2 reported on 16 September. Giorgi Andriadze, an academician with close ties to the Patriarchate, has claimed that the suspects were not terrorists, but members of a persecuted ethnic minority. [Read more…]
The foreign ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey have signed the ‘Action Plan for Trilateral Sectoral Co-operation for 2017–2019’ in Baku, marking another step in the trilateral format initiated five years ago. The meetings passed without mention of either Afgan Mukhtarli, a journalist, abducted from Tbilisi to Baku, and school manager Mustafa Emre Çabuk, who is currently being deported on Turkey’s request.
Georgia’s Ministry of Education has revoked the teaching authorisation of a Turkish school in Tbilisi, the Private Demirel College, effectively shutting down the school. The ministry confirmed the decision to OC Media on 30 August. [Read more…]
‘Gülen-linked’ school manager Mustafa Emre Çabuk will appeal in court after the being refused political asylum by Georgia’s Ministry of Refugees. Çabuk was detained in Tbilisi on after Turkey requested that the authorities extradite him. His lawyer says that the ministry’s decision was illegal and unfair, as the evidence ‘clearly shows the threats Çabuk faces’ in Turkey. [Read more…]
Georgia has temporarily halted extradition procedures against Mustafa Emre Çabuk, a manager at the Private Demirel College, while the Ministry of Refugees considers his application for asylum.
Local rights organisations have urged Georgia’s government not to extradite Mustafa Emre Çabuk, a manager at the Private Demirel College, to Turkey. Çabuk was detained in Tbilisi on 24 May accused of ‘supporting a terrorist organisation’, on Turkey’s request. Tbilisi City Court has ordered Çabuk’s provisional detention for three months.
Georgia’s Armenian community gathered in front of the Turkish embassy in Tbilisi on 24 April, to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, and demanded its recognition by Turkey and Georgia. [Read more…]