"I'm a careful driver," says Wille, an American aid worker for Catholic Relief Services. "It was a bad accident. I don't know how I lost control."
Wille's family traveled from Iowa to see him Tuesday in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. They believe the only reason he's being held is because a former Georgian diplomat, Georgi Makharadze, is serving jail time in the U.S. and Wille has become a bargaining chip.
His sister-in-law, Margaret Wille, says, "We have people that were at the scene at the place where they were trying to interrogate him, and they told him then it was payback time."
|Georgi Makharadze in custody.|
During a recent White House visit, Shevardnadze insisted this case is not linked to Loren Wille's.
"It's absolutely excluded," says Shevardnadze. "You'll see it. When trial takes place, it will be a fair trial. I cannot interfere with that."
The family of the woman who died in Wille's accident told him Tuesday they don't hold him responsible. But when Wille's family met with Georgian legislators they received no assurances he would be released.
"I don't know why I'm here," says Wille, "it's out of my control."
Georgia wants its diplomat returned to serve his sentence at home. The Justice Department is considering the request. The State Department denies there is any link between the two cases.