About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:30 - 1 Oct.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Saakashvili’s Property Impounded
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 19 Sep.'14 / 23:57

Court has ruled in favor of prosecution’s motion and impounded property of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili and his family members in Georgia ranging from vineyard and countryside house to old car.

Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia for charges of misspending and exceeding official authorities in several separate cases, which he denies as politically motivated.

The ruling to impound the property was issued by the Tbilisi City Court on August 29 and then upheld by the Court of Appeals earlier this month.

Saakashvili’s lawyer, Otar Kakhidze, who announced about impoundment of his client’s property on September 19, said court’s ruling was legally “absurd”, “completely groundless” and continuation of politically motivated persecution against the former president.

“Not only my property, but the entire Georgia is impounded by [the current authorities]; they halted all the [development] processes in Georgia,” Saakashvili said on September 19 speaking to Rustavi 2 TV from New York.

The property that was impounded, according to the list released by the prosecutor’s office,  includes Saakashvili’s plot of land, mainly vineyard, with total area of 1.9 hectares in Kvareli, eastern Georgian region of Kakheti, and a 97 square meter house located on that plot of land, as well as an old Honda Accord.

Other property includes: flat in Tbilisi, owned by Saakashvili’s wife Sandra Roelofs; 1,900 square meter plot of land in Kvareli and a flat in Batumi, owned by Saakashvili’s mother Giuli Alasania; a flat in Tbilisi, 500 square meter plot of land in Natanebi, western Georgian region of Guria, and Toyota RAV4, owned by Saakashvili’s grandmother Mzia Tsereteli; Toyota Land Cruiser LC200, owned by Saakashvili father, Nikoloz Saakashvili.

Prosecutor’s office said in a statement on September 19 that impounding of property of Saakashvili and his family members was part of legal proceedings against the ex-president in connection to criminal charges stemming from alleged misspending of GEL 8.83 million (about USD 5.1 million) of public funds between September, 2009 and February, 2013.

“Since accused Mikheil Saakashvili avoids [to cooperate with] the investigation, there was a justified assumption that he could have alienated or otherwise hidden his property and the property registered on persons linked to him for the purpose of avoiding possible material responsibility, which would have obstructed reimbursement of damages inflicted to the state,” prosecutor’s office said in the statement.

PM Irakli Garibashvili said when asked about impounding of Saakashvili’s property: “Very good if it has been impounded.”

“Saakashvili is an exhibit of the past; I don’t want to talk about him,” Garibashvili told journalists in Gardabani, where he attended groundbreaking ceremony of a greenhouse tomato farm, which is a joint project of French greenhouse manufacturer Richel Group and Georgian Co-Investment Fund.

Saakashvili told Rustavi 2 TV that impounding of his property is not a main problem. Referring to ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili, he said that the main problem is that “oligarch” rules the country, which is destroying very “pillar of the statehood.”

“Georgia is ruled by one illiterate, gangsterish… oligarch with ugly spirit, who sits in his enormous hilltop palace [in Tbilisi] and takes all the decisions,” Saakashvili said.

Latest News
01 Oct.'16 16:30
U.S. Donates Two Patrol Boats to Georgian Coast Guard
Two Island-class patrol boats were transferred at a ceremony in Baltimore on September 30.
01 Oct.'16 14:48
UPDATE: List of Majoritarian MP Candidates
Number of candidates in each of the single-member electoral district varies from 6 to 16.
30 Sep.'16 22:05
Pope Francis Meets Head of Georgian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Ilia II hailed the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia as “really a historic event.”
30 Sep.'16 19:07
Visiting Georgia, Pope Calls for ‘Peaceful Coexistence of States in Region’
He said values expressed in Georgian traditions place the country “fully within the bedrock of European civilization.”
30 Sep.'16 15:19
Pope Francis Visits Georgia
Pope Francis started a two-day visit to Georgia on Friday afternoon.
30 Sep.'16 12:59
Geostat: GDP Growth 2.9% in August
Economy grew 2.7% in the first eight months of this year, according to preliminary data.
29 Sep.'16 15:46
UNM Plans Final Campaign Rally in Tbilisi on Oct.5
UNM also plans march from the Rose Revolution Square towards the Freedom Square.
28 Sep.'16 17:58
GDDG Hires U.S. Lobbying, PR Consultancy Firms
Ruling party pays $320,000 to Impact Management Group for “lobbyist services” in the U.S.
27 Sep.'16 22:58
NPC-Girchi Quits Burchuladze’s Election Bloc
After split, less than two weeks before the elections, Burchuladze, Japaridze trade accusations.
27 Sep.'16 19:21
Central Bank Sells USD 40 Million
NBG made three interventions over the past month, selling total of USD 80 million.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
59