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Patarkatsishvili’s partner to shed light on Saakashvili2009-04-22 12:23
Oppositional moods in Georgian society were intensified by Goga Jaoshvili - ex partner of Badri Patarkatsishvili, a businessman in disgrace (see photo). He expressed readiness to testify about the circumstances the late oligarch's assets - including Mtatsminda Park and Imedi TV channel - had been alienated from his family.
The Patarkatsishvili family press service disseminated the statement of Links Company ex Director General Goga Jaoshvili willing to testify in late Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili's property case. It will be remembered he ran for presidency at the last election and then suddenly died in London allegedly because of ischemic heart disease.
After his sudden death in London his property became the subject of a dispute last February. According to the ruling of the court the right to execute the late businessman's will was given to his cousin, Joseph Key, a USA citizen (Iosif Kakalashvili). Mtatsminda Park in Tbilisi and Imedi TV owned by Badri Shalvovich were transferred to Rakeen Investment Group, an Arab investment company. Both decisions aroused vehement protest in the society.
Badri's name is constantly mentioned during the protests that are now underway in Georgia urging President Mikheil Saakashvili to step down. The restitution of Patarkatsishvili's property to his successors is one of the demands the opposition puts forward to the authorities. In a situation like this the appearance of Jaoshvili would be very in-place. "I don't ask for guarantees of my personal safety. There's only one thing I want - to be given an opportunity to testify in court", - Novosti-Gruzia quotes.
It should be specified that following the scandalous press conference last December Jaoshvili had to leave Georgia. He told the journalists about the circumstances of Imedi TV sale and the way Tbilisi Mayor's Office struggled for the ownership of Mtatsminda by force. After all that he would surely have joined the ranks of the political prisoners. That is why there was only one solution - to get out of sight of the authorities. "For many months I haven't been able to file a lawsuit in court having definite accusations against certain officials who committed crimes", - Jaoshvili noted. He explained he had been a nominee of Imedi TV Company founded by Patarkatsishvili and director of Badri Shalvovich's Links Company that had executed Mtatsminda Park lease contract with Tbilisi Mayor's Office for 49 years.