The Prosecutor's Office of Georgia, based on the forensic medical examination report and the case materials, changed the qualification of the case and the investigation will continue on the fact of intentional homicide committed in a group, with special cruelty and in connection with victim’s business activity, by the preliminary agreement of the group and on the facts of illegal deprivation of liberty against two or more persons and the group torture of a person deprived of the liberty, which led to the death of the victim.
Investigation into the case was conducted by the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, on the fact of illegal deprivation of liberty of Archil Tatunashvili and his accompanying persons, I.P. and L.K. and intentional homicide of Archil Tatunashvili, under the article 108 and article 143 part III subparagraph "c" of the Criminal Code of Georgia. In the framework of the investigation, on May 31, 2018, forensic medical examination report of Archil Tatunashvili's corpse was received, according to which, Archil Tatunashvili had over 100 injuries on the body, including wounds, fractures, bruises, hemorrhages and incisions. The injuries are lifetime and developed as a result of multiple influence of any solid-blunt objective. The injuries in the form of striped bruises (at least 46) were developed with multiple impacts of the subject (subjects) with any boundary (flat and/or cylindrical) surfaces.
Consequently, based on the case materials and the injuries mentioned in the forensic medical examination report, the Prosecutor's Office has decided that the qualification of the case would be aggravated and the investigation will continue under the article 109 part II subparagraph "e" subparagraph and part III subparagraphs "b" and “f” (intentional homicide – committed in a group, with special cruelty and in connection with victim’s business activity); the article 143 part III subparagraphs "a" and “c” (illegal deprivation of liberty - by the preliminary agreement of the group, against two or more persons); the article 144 part II subparagraphs "e" and “g” and part III subparagraphs "c" (torture - committed in a group, against a detained or otherwise deprived of liberty person, which caused victim’s death), which envisages as a punishment imprisonment for a term from sixteen up to 20 years or lifetime sentence.