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How Saakashvili robbed Ivanishvili2013-01-21 15:21
Another scandal related to the activities of former authorities may break out in Georgia. Interior Ministry is investigating the criminal scheme through which high-ranking officials tried to bankrupt the Cartu Bank, which belonged to the former opposition leader and now the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Law enforcement agencies have disclosed the bankruptcy scheme, developed by the former Minister of Justice Zurab Adeishvili. However, the strings are pulling higher. Georgian Interior Ministry does not exclude that in the course of the investigation the question of responsibility of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and former Prime Minister Nika Gilauri may arise.
Direct perpetrator of the criminal scheme was the former head of the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia Jaba Ebanoidze. He and several other former officials were detained.
Ebanoidze told investigators that in November 2011 he was summoned to the office of the former Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili. Adeishvili acquainted Ebanoidze with the scheme of the bankruptcy of the Cartu Bank and instructed to do this. After that Ebanoidze entrusted his subordinates with this "task" - Mamuka Lashkhi and Otar Agladze. Those, in turn, contacted the businessmen close to the "United National Movement", who had payable on the loans to the Cartu Bank.
Investigation authorities have learned that the criminal scheme consisted of several stages. Its essence lies in the fact that the companies which had got multimillion credits from the Cartu Bank applied to the tax authorities and provided fake documentation, according to which they supposedly had a tax debt. As a result, the property of the company was sold at the auctions. Businessmen involved in the auction were part of the criminal scheme. The company that won the auction then refused to pay the required amount. Due to this, the was property automatically transferred to the Ministry of Economy, which then transferred the property to the same company for a nominal sum. As a result, the Cartu Bank did not get a dime from the issued loans, and the companies involved in the conspiracy got the mortgaged property.
In addition to the officials, the criminal scheme involved more than 20 different companies that received loans in the Cartu Bank. Among them there were the companies associated with the former Governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Caesar Chocheli and former senior Interior Ministry official Irakly Kodua.
Businessmen involved in the criminal scheme claim they had been pressured by the authorities. Companies executives say they were simply used by the political leaders of the "United National Movement". Companies are willing to compensate the damage caused to the Cartu Bank, and asked to schedule the payment of debts.