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Unjust trials in Georgia2009-04-30 17:53
The Court of Tbilisi rejected to examine the claim of Kibar Khalvashi, now an emigrant in Germany, on compensation for the "expropriated" property. Today the businessman's lawyer lodged the same claim to Strasbourg. In early April the Georgian court allowed the authorities to auction deep-in-debts Art Group Company that used to belong to Khalvashi.
On Tuesday, April 28 the Court of Strasbourg initiated proceedings on Kibar Khalvashi's claim demanding that the Georgian authorities refrained from selling his seized property at an auction, as stated by the millionaire's lawyer Dmitry Gabunia. He also confirmed that Germany had offered his defendant a political asylum.
The Georgian Prosecution considers Khalvashi an important figure in several accusations against ex Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili. Both of them are on the wanted list.
A few days ago Tbilisi City Court rejected Khalvashi's claim as "unacceptable with regard to judges and state officials". "We expected such a ruling but we will protest it", - Gabunia stated then, Kommersant radio reports with reference to Pirveli agency.
In vain did Rustavi-2 ex-owner, businessman Kibar Khalvashi ask the state to compensate for the damage incurred in the amount of USD 100 mln. He filed a lawsuit against judges and state officials who had passed the judgment causing damage to Khalvashi's companies. Most part of Art Group's property was burnt down in fire. After that ex Defense Minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili left the pro-government team and his friend, businessman Kibar Khalvashi lost Rustavi-2 he owned then and his stake in Mze Company. The businessman himself had to flee Georgia because of persecution.
On April 1 Tbilisi City Court sustained the Finance Ministry's claim on auctioning Art Group's property.
On April 28 Georgia's ombudsman Sozar Subari tried to influence the proceedings on Kibar Khalvashi's property, Civil.ge reports. He called on the government of the country to return the property to the businessman and prohibit selling his companies at an auction. At the same time Subari asked business people not to acquire Khalvashi's property that had been "illegally" seized by the authorities. In the statement disseminated by the ombudsman's office it is specified that the authorities had sealed International Building Company LLC, Art Group LLC and Priza LLC.