07 February 2023,   15:59
Tsiskara Tokhosashvili, a member of the Islamic State, detained at Tbilisi International Airport – SSSG

The Counter-Terrorist Center of the State Security Service of Georgia, on the basis of the evidence obtained in the course of counter-terrorist activities, arrested Georgian citizen Tsiskara Tokhosashvili at Tbilisi International Airport.

“Tokhosashvili left Georgia in 2015, went to the Middle East and joined the terrorist organization Islamic State operating in the region. Tokhosashvili, also known as “Emir Isa”, was considered a very influential figure among the members of Islamic State.

He actively participated in terrorist activities and in the current combat operations. For some time, he led one of the units of the terrorist organization in the conflict zone. He had close relations with various influential leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic State.

In 2019, as a result of a joint operation, the younger brother of Tsiskara Tokhosashvili, Tsesar Tokhosashvili - Emir Al-Bara Shishan of the Islamic State - was arrested on charges of terrorism. He is serving his sentence in Georgia.

The Counter-Terrorist Center is investigating Tsiskara Tokhosashvili under Article 328 of the Criminal Code of Georgia [joining a foreign terrorist organization and aiding in terrorist activities]. The charge provides 10 – 17 years of imprisonment as a punishment”, - reads the statement of the SSSG.