Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 in Culture by Nick
A 75 year old woman cut off internet access to the countries of Georgia and Armenia.
The woman was digging in the ground for scrap metals (copper in this case) when she found a fibre-optic cable that runs though Georgia and Armenia and just so happens to provide all the internet access in those countries. Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told the Associated Foreign Press that she found the cable and had intended to steal and sell it.
The woman was found in the village of Ksani, north of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capitol, and has been charged with damaging property. She could face a year in prison. Police say the woman, Mrs. Shakarian, did not resist arrest and admitted her guilt. She said she was acting alone and was released pending trial. “Her age is a mitigating factor. I am not expecting the prosecution to push for a strict punishment,” the police spokesman of the area said.
The cable is owned by the Georgian Railway Telecom company. said that the latest damage was serious, causing 90 percent of private and corporate Internet users in Armenia to lose access for nearly 12 hours while also hitting Georgian Internet service providers.