2019-02-05 21:40:00

S. Ossetia releases Georgian priest detained for border violation from custody

Tbilisi, February 5, Interfax - South Ossetia released a Georgian priest, who was detained for violating the border on Monday, from custody on Tuesday, the Georgian State Security Service said.

The hotline, which is operational through the EU Observer Mission's mediation, was used for talks in connection with the priest's detention, the State Security Service told reporters.

The released priest has already been handed over to Georgian representatives, according to the special service.

According to Georgian media reports on Monday, priest from the Nikozi and Tskhinval Diocese of the Georgian Orthodox Church David Durglishvili was detained on the outskirts of the Nikozi village, where he was staying with a group of local residents in a garden adjacent to the borderline.

Tbilisi does not recognize the border with South Ossetia. Georgian authorities view detentions of people accused of violating the border as illegal.