Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 135

Georgia’s Supreme Court yesterday sentenced Vazha Khachapuridze, one of the leaders of the United Communist Party of Georgia, to five years in prison for having stored arms and created an armed group. Khachapuridze had been under arrest since last year. Another top UCPG leader, Panteleimon Giorgadze, described the trial and conviction as an "anti-Communist vendetta." Giorgadze’s son Igor, who currently lives in Moscow as UCPG representative, is presumed to be the organizer of the 1995 attempt against president Eduard Shevardnadze’s life. (Georgian & Russian agencies, July 10)

Tajik Conciliation Commission Agrees on Mutual Forgiveness and Amnesty.