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Saakashvili gets a bill?2013-04-19 14:19
What was the target of Mikheil Saakashvili's spendings? Gifts for friends, trips to expensive resorts, tuition fees for the son. Such information was spread by the head of the parliamentary committee on procedural issues Irina Imerlishvili. Until recently, this document was classified. What was the salary of the personal chef of Mikheil Saakashvili? And how will the information about embezzlement affect the image of "United National Movement"?
While the average salary in Georgia is about 500 GEL, the salary of the chef turns out to be much higher. In any case, salary of the personal chef of President Saakashvili amounts 250 thousand lari per year from the state treasury. That's ok, since in addition to the chef, the country's budget payed for an interpreter.
But Sergio Calderon (the name of the chef who was released from his position in October after the victory of the "Georgian Dream") is not the only example of a waste of public funds for purposes that are very far from the needs of the country.
MP, chairman of the committee on procedural issues Irina Imerlishvili has published previously classified information that she had received from the Prosecutor General of Georgia. In addition to the chef of the President, many visits abroad (mostly to the resorts) were financed from the budget of the State Security Service of Georgia. For example, celebration of the last New Year in Dubai cost the President Saakashvili and members of his political team 240 thousand GEL. A document published by the head of the committee on procedural issues also includes a huge inventory of gifts, money for which was also allocated from the budget of the State Security Service.
First of all, that is about a gift to Sajaia Mariam, now the Member of Parliament of Georgia. That was a gold bracelet worth 3,500 GEL. Although the purchase of gift was registered Sajaia categorically denies that fact.
Another gift is related to the MP Tinatin Bokuchava - a multifunctional cell phone iPhone4, which also was funded from the State Security Service. It cost the budget 1600 GEL. Slightly less cost a present to a Ukrainian singer and former host of one of the shows on the TV "PIK" Ivanna Melay - she got a gold necklace worth 962 GEL.
But the most expensive have appeared the overseas trips. For example, the visit of the First Lady of Georgia Sandra Roelofs to the U.S. cost the budget $ 16 thousand, also allocated by the State Security Service.
However, most interesting is the fact that in 2010-2011, the State Security Service paid for the study of the son of Mikheil Saakashvili which cost the taxpayers 14 thousand GEL. By the way, the day before the President, speaking live on Georgian television, when asked about his uncle Temur Alasania replied that he "categorically denied nepotism, ,and none of his relatives during the presidency worked in the public service.
Experts point out that the Georgian authorities often do not see any difference between public and private funds. For example, the President of the country, along with a large delegation, has repeatedly visited a resorts before or after his official visits to a certain country, where vacationing at public expense. Political expert Ramaz Sakvarelidze says that there is a clear violation of the law.