"We did not expect the charges to be aggravated," Giorgi Gelkhauri, the lawyer of Z.Kh., a juvenile arrested in the case of Shakarashvili, said before entering the penitentiary institution.
"There was no evidence for the charges to be aggravated. Investigators called us and told us that charges should be filed. We came. Hopefully, they will show evidence, which was the reason behind the decision. According to the testimonies and the case file, there was no such evidence. The circumstance that someone blocked Shakarashvili's path is not true, Z.Kh. and Vasil Makharadze had nothing to do with Shakarashvili's death," Gelkhauri said.
Five passengers of Toyota Camry - Vakhtang Chikovani, Archil Gagnidze, Nikoloz Revazishvili, and two minors got charged in the case of the deceased football player Giorgi Shakarashvili.
They are charged with premeditated murder under aggravating circumstances. The offense carries a maximum sentence of 13 to 17 years in prison.
According to the prosecutor's office, the persons mentioned above severely beat Giorgi Shakarashvili on the bank of Aragvi and threw him into the water, as a result of which he died.
After four days of non-stop efforts, divers found young Shakarashvili's body in the river Aragvi.
The investigation was launched, with the sportsmen involved in the case being already questioned.
The MIA detained 17 people over the young footballer's death. They face the charges of group violence, illegal deprivation of liberty, and subjecting two or more individuals to physical abuse.
On July 10, the Prosecutor General's Office released an expert report stating that Giorgi Shakarashvili's cause of death was asphyxiation by drowning.
The report also states that bodily injuries have been inflicted in his lifetime.