The family of Temirlan Machalikashvili, a 19-year old young man killed during the special operation in Pankisi Gorge, is demanding from the State Security Service to return the money GEL 22.575 ($8.544) seized from their house during the special operation.

The information was released by the lawyer of the Machalikashvili family, Mariam Kublashvili.

“All investigative actions have been completed, the verdict has been delivered and the origin of money has been established. So the money should be returned to the family,” she said.

Temirlan Machalikashvili was wounded in village Duisi in his own bed on December 26, 2018. On January 10 he died in the hospital.

Georgian law-enforcers claim that Machalikashvili was shot when he tried to detonate a grenade. However, the family and relatives say that he was sleeping when law-enforcers shot him without warning.

The family also rejects the allegations that the deceased had links with the terrorist group.

By Thea Morrison

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