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Bakradze gets marching orders from Israel2011-03-14 15:22
Reception is denied to speaker of Georgian parliament David Bakradze and his colleagues by their Israeli counterparts. The scheduled visit is undesirable in view of the suit over two Israeli businessmen that is held in Tbilisi. They were accused of bribing a minister with the Georgian government's debt to their company Tramex being USD 100 mln. Georgian justice helps Mikheil Saakashvili's government to "square accounts" with the Jews. But residents of the Promised Land won't forgive Georgian democrats for that.
Speaker of Israeli Knesset Reuven (Rubi) Rievlin disadvised his Georgian counterpart to come on a visit after the shameful incident involving Roni Fuks, a prominent businessman in charge of Tramex corporation and his representative to Georgia Zeeva Frenkel. David Bakradze planned to come to Tel Aviv on March 13 to discuss a number of international issues. But the Israelites, as Rievlin explaines, prefer "to postpone all contacts with Georgia's officialdom".
Israel is supersensitive over the scandal with two compatriots subject to mockery in the city court of Tbilisi. Today the court will hold a new hearing on a bribe attempt with the judge to interrogate Zeeva Frenkel. The next session is scheduled for March 16 with the defense inviting its testifier Ben Hanson, and English expert.
Fuks and Frenkel were arrested five months ago in Batumi. According to the materials of the inquest, they promised to pay a USD 100 mln amount to deputy financial minister Avtandil Kharaidze. For what? This is the most interesting question that lies at the bottom of criminal persecution.
The point is that in early 1990s the State Oil Company of Georgia frustrated a contract with Tramex corporation on joint construction of a pipeline for a banal reason: lack of a required sum. Israelites were trying to get the break fee for several years. Eventually in February 2010 the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes passed a verdict in favor of Tramex forcing official Tbilisi to pay the company owners nearly USD 100 mln as a compensation. This is the last thing that Mikheil Saakasvhli's government, almost broke, dreamed of!
Necessity is the mother of invention and Tbilisi came up with a brilliant scheme to invite Fuks to Georgia on the pretext of settling financial problems promising to pay only USD 65 mln out of 100.