12 Apr '11, 2am

Georgian pensioner devastated after 'cutting Internet' - Yahoo!

A 75-year-old woman arrested for single-handedly cutting off the Internet in Georgia and Armenia on Friday tearfully insisted she was innocent and said she had never heard of the web. In a case that has attracted worldwide interest, pensioner Hayastan Shakarian is accused of forcing thousands of people in both countries offline for hours after hacking into a fibre-optic cable while digging for scrap metal. But Shakarian, a Georgian of Armenian origin, told AFP that she was just a "poor old woman" who was not capable of committing such a crime. "I did not cut this cable. Physically, I could not do it," she said, repeatedly bursting into tears as she spoke. Shakarian, who lives in the poverty-stricken Georgian village of Armazi, around 15 kilometres (10 miles) from the capital Tbilisi , said that she had only been collecting firewood. "I have no idea what the Internet is," s...

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