Was the killing of the Armenian baby in Georgia politically motivated?

Gita Elibekyan

Many link the  murder of 9-month old Armenian girl, Barbara Rafalyants, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Georgia, with politics. The parents of the girl have said one of their relatives is an activist of the “Georgian dream” opposition alliance and has received a number of threats from the ruling National Movement.

The girl’s aunt Dali Mekerishvili, the coordinator of the alliance, has declared who has threatened her from the ruling party. “I cannot accuse him of the murder. I should say, however, that it was him to urge me to leave the “Georgian Dream” and ensure ten votes in favor of the National Movement,” she said.

The incident took place yesterday in the village of Kolaki. Nine-month-old Barbara Rafalyants was found dead in a clay container filled with water. The child’s father Pavle Rafalyants has said his family is not engaged in politics; that’s why it’s hard for him to assess the incident from the political point of view.

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