Tbilisi Court proceedings on the case of ex-defence minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili, accused of illegal armed unit formation and its leadership, are held in Tbilisi City Court on Wednesday, January 9.
As Okruashvili's lawyer Mamuka Chabashvili has told journalists, today interrogation of 7 witnesses in the case is planned at the sitting.
On November 20, 2012 Okruashvili, who was granted a political refugee status in France, 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.
Besides, some court proceedings are underway in Tbilisi City Court on cases that were instituted against Okruashvili during the period, when the United National Movement ruled in the country. One of the cases concerns events of spring 2011, when, according t the prosecution, the ex-defence minister, residing in France at that time, formed an armed unit in Georgia and intended to return , accompanied by Russian SAWT, to the country. Court proceedings on this case began in Tbilisi City Court on December 5, 2012. On Tuesday, the Chief Prosecutor's Office also stated that it freed Okruashvili from two accusations - money laundering and power abuse.
At the present time ex-defence minister of Georgia is serving a term of punishment in Tbilisi prison