On July 16, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting of the Security Council.
Minister of Internal Affairs Garri Arshba reported on the events that took place on the night from the 15th to the 16th of July.
“Last night around eleven o’clock, there was a fire in the house of the Pantsulaya family. The fire brigade went there together with police officers. The fire was extinguished. A police squad is on duty there. Also at 01:40 AM, a phone call was received from Tkuarchal informing that in the city, there was also a fire in the Pantsulaya residence. The fire brigade also went there with police officers, and the fire was extinguished.
Later, it became known that some members of the Pantsulaya family are being forcefully held captive by the relatives of Kvitsinia, who was killed. All roads were completely blocked. Unfortunately, these measures were not successful yet”.
The President demanded from the law enforcement agencies to intensify the work to investigate high-profile criminal cases:
“I instruct all heads of law enforcement agencies once again and strictly demand from you to undertake all the necessary measures to find and arrest the wanted persons, the members of the Pantsulaya family and to ensure the release of the captives. Speaking of another crime against citizen Mertskhulava, I demand to intensify the work to identify all other persons involved in this crime, such as the person who has escaped from police and those who ordered this crime”.