Olympic judo champion suspected of triple murder

Georgia’s first Olympic champion as an independent country, the judoka Zurab Zviadauri, has been arrested as smultiple murder suspectthe Interior Ministry reported on Tuesday.

Zviadauri, 40, and another individual who was not identified were detained as alleged perpetrators of the shots that yesterday killed three people in the Tsinandali town, about 95 kilometers east of Tbilisi.

According to the Interior press release, the shooting stemmed from a domestic feud.

Zviadauri won Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games in the -90 kg category.

After hanging up the kimono, was elected deputy of Parliament (2012-2016) by the list of Georgian Dream, the governing party.

A godson of Zviadauri, judoka Lasha Bekauri, was crowned Olympic champion at the recent Tokyo Games in the same category as his godfather.

According to the Georgia Penal Code, if convicted of the offense charged, Zviadauri could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

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