Georgia’s Defence Minister says mutiny underway at military base

May 5th, 2009 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Tbilisi (Georgia), May 5 (ANI): Georgia’s Defense Minister David Sikharulidze said in televised remarks Tuesday that several hundred army personnel were ignoring orders at the tank battalion base, around 20 miles from Tbilisi.

He said among the mutineers were civilians who had no link to the battalion.

Fox News quoted Georgia’s Interior Ministry spokesman as saying the mutiny is being organized by a former special forces commander and has the support of Russia.

“The main aim of this uprising was to disrupt the NATO military exercises,” the defense minister told a news agency. (ANI)

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