About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 23:52 - 21 Oct.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
French Court Rejects Extradition of Kezerashvili
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 27 Feb.'14 / 17:38

A court in southern French city of Aix-en-Provence has ruled against extradition of Georgia’s former defense minister Davit Kezerashvili, who is wanted by authorities in Georgia.

Kezerashvili’s defense argued that in case of extradition ex-defense minister would face politically motivated prosecution in Georgia.

With this ruling Kezerashvili, who was detained in France upon Tbilisi’s request in October 2013, has also been released from partial house arrest and electronic bracelet.

“Of course, I was expecting [such ruling]; I am very happy that the French court made such decision,” Kezerashvili told Georgian reporters after the ruling was delivered, adding that charges brought against him by Georgian prosecutors are fabricated and politically motivated.

Commenting on French court’s decision, Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani said: “I regret very much that the French judge was in unequal conditions wherein there were expensive lawyers hired by Kezerashvili on the one hand and a French prosecutor, not Georgian one, on the other hand, who as it seems failed to compete properly with expensive lawyers.” 

During extradition hearings on January 30, prosecutor Solange Legras told the court she had “great reservations” about the extradition request, which, she said, appeared to be politically motivated, AFP reported.

Kezerashvili, 35, was chief of the financial police from 2004 till late 2006 and then served as Defense Minister till December 2008 before going into business.

He faces criminal charges into two separate cases in Georgia.

In January, 2013 charges were brought against him in connection to the case involving alleged USD 12.3 million bribe-taking for providing 'protection' to ethyl spirit smuggling scheme between 2007 and 2012. In the same case, Kezerashvili was also charged with violation of customs procedures as investigators claim that the smuggling scheme resulted in up to GEL 49.4 million losses for the state budget in unpaid taxes.

In a separate case, Kezerashvili was charged in February 2013, along with Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava, with misappropriation of state funds and money laundering. Ugulava was charged without being arrested, while in case of Kezerashvili, the Tbilisi City Court ordered his pre-trial detention in absentia. This case involves allegations that Kezerashvili, along with Ugulava, was involved in a scheme through which, as the prosecution claims, state funds were used to seize Imedi TV channel in 2008.

Latest News
21 Oct.'14 23:52
After Series of Murders of Women, Govt Mulls Anti-Domestic Violence Policy
A murder-suicide case in Tbilisi university pushed the problem in the center of public attention.
21 Oct.'14 18:05
Top NATO Commander Visits Georgia
Gen. Breedlove, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, will meet Georgian leadership on October 22.
21 Oct.'14 11:08
Moscow Says Tbilisi’s Allegations on Abkhaz Annexation ‘Dangerous Speculation’
Georgia’s claims can seriously mar Geneva talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
20 Oct.'14 13:37
Merabishvili Sentenced in Girgvliani Case-Related Trial
He was sentenced to 3 years in jail after being found guilty of power abuse and fraudulent actions.
19 Oct.'14 16:14
Tbilisi Says to Counter Russia’s Abkhaz Moves with ‘Pro-Active’ Foreign Policy
Russia-proposed new treaty with Abkhazia discussed by Georgian state security council.
18 Oct.'14 15:02
Georgian President to Visit Japan
President Margvelashvili will pay an official visit to Japan on October 21-25.
18 Oct.'14 14:55
New EU Ambassador to Georgia Takes Office
Janos Herman, a Hungarian career diplomat, has replaced Philip Dimitrov.
18 Oct.'14 00:27
Parliament Condemns Russia’s ‘Attempt to Annex’ Abkhazia
Parliament passed GD-proposed statement, voted down UNM-proposed draft resolution.
17 Oct.'14 22:55
Parliament Confirms Two Supreme Court Judge Candidates
Candidates were re-nominated by the President after they were voted down in August.
17 Oct.'14 12:12
Sokhumi Working on its Proposals to New Treaty with Russia
Views of the Russian side and Abkhaz leader “differ on number of clauses.”

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
8