Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Georgia/Eastern Europe: Three German Citizens Robbed at Gunpoint, One Hospitalized Seriously

According to the below link, a group of German tourists were robbed in Mestia on Monday night (September 15):

http://dfwatch.net/german-tourist-hospitalized-after-roadside-robbery-in-georgia-86224
The reports vary in details, although the general consensus is that three German tourists were robbed along the road from Zugdidi to Mestia, one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the country.
Rustavi 2 reported that the vehicle that the German tourists were traveling in was stopped by two gunmen at approximately 0400 hours. 
One of the tourists was severely beaten which required that the victim be hospitalized in serious condition in Tbilisi, citing an Interior Ministry spokesperson.

COMMENT: According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which I prefer compared to all nations, largely because the Australian government systematical delineates security advice into four distinct categories:

1. Exercise normal safety precautions

2. Exercise a high degree of caution

3. Reconsider your need to travel

4. Do not travel

The Australian government advice for Georgia is that travelers "exercise normal safety precautions."

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Georgia

Although Australia does NOT have a diplomatic presence in Georgia and is represented by the Embassy of Turkey, it appears that the misfortune of the three German tourists far exceeds "exercise normal safety precautions."

Considering that the Australian government does not have representation in Georgia, and is represented by the Embassy of Turkey, it appears the German tourists' experience was extraordinary. 

The assailants robbed the tourists of their money, valuables and electronic equipment, according to INTERPRESSNEWS.

Strangely,  RUSTAVI 2 noted that the crime victims were ordered to remove their apparel, presumably so that they could not give chase.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.


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