Wounded Shevardnadze Fires His Security Minister, Deputy
Eduard Shevardnadze fired his security minister and the minister’s deputy on Saturday for failing to stop a car bomb that exploded in Shevardnadze’s motorcade.
The Georgian leader made the announcement at a special session of parliament, yards from where the bomb exploded. Lawmakers immediately confirmed the dismissals 145-8.
“They failed to prevent terrorism in Georgia,” Shevardnadze said of Igor Giorgadze and his deputy, Temur Khashishvili.
Shevardnadze, who survived the assassination attempt with only facial cuts, said 25 lawmakers had signed an appeal urging him to fire the officials. No replacements were immediately named.
The blast Tuesday evening was powerful enough to destroy several cars outside parliament and shatter windows inside the building, injuring several people.
Revaz Kipiani, the deputy prosecutor general, said Saturday that the bombers used a remote control device to detonate about 20 pounds of an industrial explosive inside a car. Kipiani said the attack clearly targeted Shevardnadze.