The Zugdidi Regional Court has sentenced Bidzina Esebua, Badri Esebua's brother, to four years in jail, with the verdict delivered by judge Natruli Akobia.
Lawyer Soso Janashia said that his client received the minimum possible sentence; however, in his words, Bidzina Esebua is innocent and is in custody only because he is Badri Esebua's brother. The lawyer stressed that he would lodge a complaint against the court verdict.
Wanted Badri Esebua's brother was arrested by law enforcement officers on Saturday. After searching Bidzina Esebua's car, LEOs retrieved ammunition, a sleeping bag, clothes, and food. As reports have it, Bidzina Esebua contacted Badri Esebua, accused of robbing a bank.
A gunman broke into the Bank of Georgia in Zugdidi and took 43 hostages on 21 October. He demanded half a million dollars, a helicopter, and threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands were met.
The captor left the bank building late at night, together with three victims and $500,000. He freed all hostages at dawn and vanished without a trace.
Following this, The MIA released the information saying that all hostages were freed.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the armed attacker at the Bank of Georgia was identified: the attacker proved to be Badri Esebua (DOB 1988).
The corresponding investigation activities to determine the whereabouts of Badri Esebua have so far been underway.
The perpetrator faces terrorism charges.