TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia's Interior Ministry says the last of three photographers charged with espionage has confessed to
spying for Russia, a claim that shocked the photographer's lawyer.
Ramaz Chinchaladze, lawyer for photographer Georgy Abdaladze,
said his client insisted on his innocence just ten minutes before
the reported confession Saturday.
Three photographers were arrested and charged with spying last
week: Irakli Gedenidze, the personal photographer of President
Mikhail Saakashvili; Zurab Kurtsikidze of the European Pressphoto
Agency; and Abdaladze, who has worked for the Georgian Foreign
Ministry and freelanced for The Associated Press.
Gedenidze last week confessed on television to giving Kurtsikidze details of the president's itinerary. Kurtsikidze's
lawyers said he confessed Friday.
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