February 13, 2008 / 3:34 PM / 11 years ago

Georgian Patarkatsishvili feared murder plot: source

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Georgian opposition leader Badri Patarkatsishvili, who died late on Tuesday at his home in Britain, feared the Georgian authorities were plotting to kill him, a source close to the late businessman said on Wednesday.

“He thought there were moves afoot to assassinate him by the Georgian authorities,” the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

British police are treating the death of Patarkatsishvili, a bitter enemy of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, as suspicious and have referred the case to a major crime investigation team.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Tim Pearce

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