Four types of drugs were found in the blood of Lekso Lashkarava, a cameraman for the Georgian television company Pirveli TV, who had been beaten earlier by opponents of the LGBT community. It is reported by RIA News with reference to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
and more spent after the death of Lashkarava
“According to the conclusion of the chemical examination, the drugs morphine, codeine, tetrahydrocannabinol, gabapentin were found in the samples taken from the corpse,” the department said.
The Interior Ministry noted that a possible cause of the journalist’s death could be a drug overdose.
On July 12, opposition MPs in the Georgian parliament announced the start of collecting signatures for the impeachment of the current government headed by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. According to the MPs, the authorities should be held accountable for failing to protect their citizens during the riots that began at the LGBT march on July 5.
However, at the moment, the opposition does not have enough votes to dismiss the country’s leadership and approve a new candidacy for the prime minister.
After Lashkarava’s death, several hundred Georgian journalists and opposition supporters protested in downtown Tbilisi, demanding an investigation into the cameraman’s death. The protesters demanded the resignation of the government headed by Irakli Garibashvili and accused the country’s leadership of failing to protect its own citizens.
At the same time, Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Teya Tsulukiani announced on the air of local TV channels that none of the Cabinet members intends to leave his post and called what was happening “generalized psychosis”.
The journalist died in his apartment on July 11 after being beaten at an anti-LGBT rally on July 5. Lashkarava’s body was discovered by his mother. In total, more than 50 journalists were injured at the rally against the “March of Dignity” planned by LGBT activists for July 5 in Tbilisi. Eight people were detained for administrative violations.