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Suspected poisoning plot up high in Georgian Orthodox Church

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Georgian Patriarch Ilia II

On suspicion of a plan to poison the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, police in Georgia has detained a priest with cyanide.

Prosecutors unveiled that cyanide was found in Father Giorgi Mamaladze’s luggage when he was detained at Tbilisi airport on Friday, February 10, before he could fly to Germany, where the head of the Georgian Church, Patriarch Ilia II, is being treated in a hospital, BBC reports.

In an interview with Rustavi-2 TV, Georgia’s Prosecutor-General Irakli Shotadze stated Father Mamaladze, who runs the property department of Georgian Orthodox church, had asked an unnamed person to sell him cyanide, and that person had tipped off the police.

In the country of some 4.5 million people, more than 80% call themselves Orthodox Christians, according to census numbers.

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