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The son of Georgia's first post-Soviet president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, has entered
The son of Georgia's first post-Soviet president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, has entered the fifth day of a hunger strike in protest at his arrest on suspicion of spying for Russia, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Tsotne Gamsakhurdia was arrested at Tbilisi Airport on September 3 and remanded in custody for two months prior to trial. He has been charged with spying for Russia, an attempted coup and grievous bodily harm.

"Mr. Gamsakhurdia considers his arrest illegal and is demanding to be released and an unbiased investigation. He announced a hunger strike on September 4 in protest," Ketevan Bekauri said.

If found guilty of the charges, Gamsakhurdia could face up to 20 years in jail.

The allegations are based on audio and video recordings made during meetings between Gamsakhurdia and Russian diplomats, who were later expelled from Georgia. Gamsakhurdia claims the meetings were related to the transfer and subsequent reburial of his father's remains from the Russian Republic of Chechnya to Georgia last year.

In addition prosecutors also have a taped telephone conversation made in November 2007 between a Georgian opposition leader and Gamsakhurdia, where he calls for a coup during mass public protests in the country.


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