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Ivanishvili's pocket under hit2012-06-21 17:09
In the coming two weeks, the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili can grow much poorer. Recently, the court upheld a fine against Ivanishvili in the amount of $ 45.6 million. But the businessman, accused of trying to bribe voters, refused to pay the fine. Bailiffs have the right to seizure property belonging to the leader of "Georgian Dream". They may start it today.
June 7, Control Chamber of Georgia filed two lawsuits to the municipal court against the Bidzina Ivanishvili. He was accused of trying to bribe voters. Control Chamber has presented evidence of violations - the testimony of employees of the companies "Burji", "Elite Burji", "Kartu" and others. They confirm that the company GLOBAL TV, as well as those mentioned above, were owned by businessman and install satellite dishes for the people of Georgia for free. In addition, the businessman was accused of the fact that his companies "Burji" and "Elite Burji" provided 239 vehicles to the "Georgian Dream" at a significantly lower price.
The representative of the Control Chamber said that the GLOBAL TV was registered in an offshore zone and its representative in Georgia was the nephew of Bidzina Ivanishvili. In order to implement his political goals, the oppositionist allegedly transferred 12,622,190 lari to his nephew. And the latter transferred the money to the GLOBAL TV in order to provide satellite dishes to the people.
According to Ivanishvili's lawyers (Alexander Baramidze and Shalva Tadumadze), legally the company does not belong to the oligarch. The lawyers argue he hasn't transferred any money, and in fact there are no documents that could confirm this. And most importantly, Bidzina Ivanishvili has no purpose to participate in election, accordingly, it is inadequate to penalize him for illegal transfer of money for bribing voters.
However, the court appeared stronger than the lawyers. After some calculations (the court took only one hour for taking decision), the decision was made: the businessman was fined on more than 148 million lari (approximately $91.1 million). Later, the court reduced the fine to 74, 3 million GEL, which is approximately equal to $ 45.6 million.