FIDE Press Release dated 1 November 2004 Print
Monday, 01 November 2004 00:00
FIDE International Chess Federation Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili freed from custody, after 40h of detention following an aggression by security guards at the Closing Ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad. Calvia, 1st of November 2004


FIDE Press Release

FIDE International Chess Federation Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili freed from custody, after 40h of detention following an aggression by security guards at the Closing Ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad.

FIDE Federation Internationale Des Echecs Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been released from custody by the Palmanova police in Mallorca at 14h30 local time on November 1st 2004, after having been held for over 40 hours by the Spanish police.

The local judge has accepted this release after a deposit of 500 euros was paid. He also said that there will be a full hearing of the case at a later date.

Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili maintains his position that this was an unmotivated aggression by the security guards at the Closing Ceremony of the 36th Calvia Chess Olympiad. He was indeed severely beaten and has still now a big black eye. He will be undergoing very soon an independent medical examination to fully assess his health condition.

His arrest took place on the 30th of October 2004 at the Chess Olympiad Closing Ceremony as it was coming to an end. A special prize bearing the name of a prominent female Georgian player and former World Chess Champion, Nona Gaprindashvili was about to be awarded. However, the Master of Ceremony failed to explain the reason behind the award.

FIDE Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who is a Georgian, tried to notify this to the organizers, who did nothing to correct this incredible mistake. Despite his clear VIP identification, FIDE Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili was severely beaten up by several security guards, according to witnesses. Persons near by, including his wife, Mrs. Marina Milorava, were then themselves beaten up as they attempted to help him.

FIDE is very pleased with this release and regrets this aggression for which the Organisers of the Calvia Olympiad share full responsibility. FIDE still awaits public excuses from both the Calvia Olympiad Organisers and the Spanish Chess Federation, who have both been of no support to FIDE to help the release of FIDE Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili.



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