According to a report of independent forensic examination, injuries detected on the corpse of Shalva Tatukhashvili were sustained as a result of application of firm blunt objects.
A direct examination of the corpse would have ensured a more accurate and comprehensive conclusion, a forensic expert Aleksandre Gejadze from an independent center for forensic expertise said on Rustavi 2 program Pozitsia on 4 April.
Gejadze draw up the conclusion based on photos provided by defense lawyer Irakli Zakareishvili and the protocol of visual inspection. As he said, based on available materials he managed to identify the type of injuries, possible causes of injuries and when they were sustained. At the same time, he noted that the establishment of causes of injuries exceeds the competences of an expert and is the prerogative of the investigation.
The independent expert noted that the injuries would not have caused the death of Tatukhashvili. He added that his laboratory lacks equipment necessary for chemical analysis to establish the type of intoxication which caused the death of Shalva Tatukhashvili.
To a presenter's question whether it would be possible to conduct a repeat examination on Tatukhashvili's corpse, Gejadze replied that if relatives of the deceased give consent on the exhumation, he will conduct a direct medical examination of the corpse.
On 24 February and 18 March, the Chief Prosecutor's Office interrogated Shalva Tatukhashvili as a witness in a criminal case against the former CSD head, Data Akhalaia, concerning the so called Navtlugi special operation conducted by the SCD, which resulted in the killing of three persons.
Shalva Tatukhashvili was found dead in his house on 24 March. The family and defense lawyer blame the prosecution for his death. They assert that the prosecutor's office repeatedly abducted Tatukhashvili and coerced him into false testimony against Data Akhalaia.