Georgia opposition leader dies suddenly in Britain
LONDON (Reuters) - Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, who feared assassination and faced accusations of plotting a coup in his homeland, has died in Britain and British police are treating his death as suspicious.
Police said on Wednesday they had referred the case to a major crime investigation team after Patarkatsishvili, 52, died at late on Tuesday.
Georgian public television said Patarkatsishvili, who was a critic of President Mikhail Saakashvili and ran against him in a presidential election last month, had died of a heart attack at his residence near London.
But a source close to Patarkatsishvili said the businessman had feared for his life, and allies in the former Soviet republic called for an international inquiry.