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The former Soviet Republic of Georgia, limping toward democracy, is once again engulfed in political turmoil.

It all began in December, 2017, when two 16-year old schoolboys from Tbilisi Public School 51, were brutally stabbed to death during a street brawl in the city center. One bled to death at the scene while the other was taken to the hospital and died the next day.

The country was shaken by the bloody murders and a shocked Georgia has named them the Khorava Street Murders.

In recent days, Tbilisi City Court handed down a not guilty verdict against one of the defendants for the murder of one of the boys, but found guilty for the premeditated murder of the other. The second defendant was charged and found guilty only of attempted murder.

The seemingly light sentences were greeted with howls of protest.

Not satisfied, the father of one of the victims, Zaza Saralidze, went to

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