Newsfeed

UNESCO puts an end to the arguments between Armenia and its neighboring states around lavash.

Armenian Parliament Commission for Economic Affairs endorses agreement of Armenia's accession to EEU

Gagik Minasyan: International community's no-address statements on Mi-24 helicopter incident will have serious consequences

Local producers in Armenia face problems as purchasing power in Russia falls and the Russian ruble depreciates

Orange Kino service now available as well in Cinema Star

Human rights defender: "Armenia shouldn't rush into responding to Azerbaijan "

Yerevan: The sooner Baku realizes impossibility of military resolution of Karabakh conflict, the faster the talks will lead to its final resolution

Human rights defender: Azerbaijan is colony of British Petroleum

Snow blocks Sotk-Karvachar road

Magnitude 2.6 earthquake hits Armenia

Central Bank of Armenia sees no serious inflation risks with changing national currency rate

Artsakh Defense Minister: Official investigation will give answers to all questions about downing of Armenian helicopter by Azerbaijan

Views from Moscow: Russian-Abkhazian treaty shot down project of railway to Armenia via Abkhazia and Georgia

Russian expert: Small countries should be maximally neutral in the cold war between the West and Russia

Russian expert: Project of unblocking of Armenia still has all chances to succeed

Russian expert: Format of military-political and economic union with Russia is convenient for ensuring Armenia's multi-level security

Beeline launches NON-STOP service

Russian expert: The US pressure upon Tbilisi hinders opening of the railway to Armenia

Elbat CJSC is planning to increase output by 30% in 2014

Beeline announces some changes in a number of mobile tariff plans

More than 21'000 people have visited www.orange5.am website and more than 4'100 shared their ideas for future

Putin stresses the need to open Abkhaz railway section

Experts: Sharp growth in USD exchange rate in Armenia is of adjusting nature

Taner Akcam sees connection between Genocide in Turkey 100 years ago and similar acts today committed by contemporary Islamist terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Expert: Turkey may ratify one of the Zurich Protocols in 2015

Zdzislaw Raczynski: The Association Agreement with EU would open more opportunities for Armenia

Defense Ministry: Military Honors Funeral to pilots of downed Mi-24 helicopter scheduled for 24 November

Armenia's deputy minister of defense informs Ambassador Kasprzyk of details of latest special operation to recover bodies of Mi-24 helicopter crew

Zdzislaw Raczynski says Poland remains committed to its principles in NK problem, that is, not to arm conflicting parties

System of a Down to perform in Yerevan in 2015

Fundamentally, Armenia may be pro-Russian but it does not mean that it may be pro-Putin, Richard Giragosian says

Ex-defense minister of Armenia: NKR Defense Army brilliantly conducted a risky special operation

Seyran Ohanyan: Parts of Armenian helicopter downed by Azerbaijan to be submitted for examination

Armenia confirms it will participate in Baku 2015 European Games, Patrick Hickey says

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs' Nov 19 statement changed due to Azerbaijan's hysteria

Armenian Defense Ministry hints at big losses in Azerbaijani army due to special operation of NKR Special Forces

Armenia's banks have opportunity to expand their customer base in regions

Armenian Special Forces' actions excite admiration but they do not justify the criminal negligence of Armenian leadership, Artsakh war veteran says

NKR Defense Army Special Forces recover remains of downed Mi-24 helicopter crew

Minister advises Armenian jewelers to hire Indian diamond-cutters to enhance labor efficiency

In 2014 Armenia reduced imports of rough diamonds mostly due to decline in supplies to Russia

In Court of Appeals Prosecutor's Office of Georgia to Free Okruashvili from Some Accusations

  • Thursday, January 10, 13:46

Tbilisi At the sitting of the Court f Appeals on January 10, the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia will free ex-defence minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili from charges, according to which in 2008 Tbilisi City Court sentenced him to 11 year imprisonment. This fact was stated by head of the Department of  Illicit Incomes Legalization Criminal Persecution of the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia Temur Mikaberidze at the briefing on Tuesday, January 8.

According to Mikaberidze, the question is about  three Articles of the Criminal Code of Georgia: 342 - neglect of his duties, 332 - power abuse, 338 - bribery  of sufficient sums by an organized group through extortion.

               According to materials of the case, chairman of the Georgian National Communication Commission Dmitri Kitoshvili made former MP Jemal Svanidze in autumn 2006 sell his share in Geocell mobile communication company with market price $10 mln for its nominal price amounting to $250 thousand to founder of company Artu Guram Gogua. During interrogation  Dmitri Kitoshvili stated that he made Jemal Svanidze carry out that deal on the order f defence minister of that time Irakli Okruashvili.

               "The prosecution's only witness Dmitri Kitoshvili backed down his evidences and said he had given them under pressure. Thus, there are no evidences in this case that became a basis for brining Okruashvili charges, correspondingly, the Prosecutor's Office plans to withdraw  accusations in this case", Mikaberidze noted.      

               Georgian President's former close associate, Okruashvili was dismissed from the defence minister's post in 2007 and announced about formation of the opposition movement. He made accusations against country's top officials. Two days later, Okruashvili was arrested on corruption charges. At the interview, he backtracked from his accusations and partially pleaded guilty. Irakli Okruashvili was released on GEL 10 million (US$6.5million) bail for the period of pre-trial investigation. Later on, he was declared wanted.  In April 2008, Okruashvili was granted political refugee status in France.

               On November 20, 2012 he returned voluntarily back to Georgia and was arrested on the basis of Tbilisi City Court's  rule of March 28, 2008, which had sentenced him to 11 year imprisonment for "bribery of substantial sum through extortion by an organized group". Okruashvili's return give possibility to his lawyers  to appeal against Tbilisi City Court's rule in the higher court instance.   

               On Tuesday, the Chief Prosecutor's Office also stated that it freed Okruashvili from two accusations - money laundering and power abuse.

               In 2008 Tbilisi City Court also considered the second criminal case against Okruashvili, episodes of which were covered by the articles "power abuse and neglect of duties" that concerned purchased of low quality ammunition, consideration of the  case  was continued after parliamentary elections on October 1, 2012.  On December 5, 2012 court proceedings on the third case against Okruashvili began in Tbilisi City Court, they concerned evens in May 2011. On January 4, 2013 the Prosecutor's Office  petitioned Tbilisi City Court to change measure of restraint for Okruashvili (on the case of   events in May 2011) and release him on bail, but the court did not satisfy  the petition.       

At the present time ex-defence minister of Georgia is serving a term of punishment  in Tbilisi prison

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields