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Maestro judges authorities that rob it

2009-12-23 14:25

4944.jpegPremature proclamation of Maestro TV as a herald of a new revolution in Georgia was no good for the channel. The authorities cut all sources of finance. At first the channel lost US grants and then authorities took the sponsor aid of Kibar Khalvashi, an emigrant businessman. Masked people simply robbed the messenger in a high-class district of the Georgian capital.

Erosi Kitsmarishvili, head of Maestro TV (see photo) accused Georgian special services of stealing the money meant for the company development.


This is how it happened. Kitsmarishvili borrowed 45 thousand dollars from businessman Kibar Khalvashi that had earlier joined the opposition and immigrated to Austria. The money was supposed to be brought by a special messenger, ex driver of Irakli Okruashvili, ex Defense minister.

On December 18 Kitsmarishvili was waiting for the messenger at home.

"I live in a house opposite the Turkish embassy. Many influential businessmen and Minister of Economy are my neighbors. All of a sudden there appeared armed people wearing masks near the house. They forced security guards of our house and a casual passer-by into their car and brought them to the Tortoise Lake to keep them hostage for around half an hour. The rest of the masked group occupied the security guard post", - Georgia's ex ambassador to Russia asserts.

He says when the messenger approached the house he was taken inside the booth and thoroughly searched. A cell phone, his personal belongings and money were taken from him. Then his car was searched. This all was happening right next to the Turkish embassy!

Mestro CEO accused Georgian special services of stealing the money.

Earlier Kitsmarishvili said he would get the money for the channel development from legal sources omitting the name of Khalvashi though. He believes the special services had tapped the telephone talk and organized the operation to steal the money.

Apparently with the same purpose a short time ago Georgian customs officers searched the luggage of Nana Kakabadze, a rights defender that was returning from Great Britain after a meeting with Kitsmarishvili. Ex Political Prisoners For Human Rights leader says the trip had nothing to do with politics and people in black had no right to search her things. "I want to know why my luggage was searched. They were searching for money, or metal - gold, I guess", - Kakabadze said.

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