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Kakha Kaladze sent off the political field?2012-07-31 15:29
An unusual event took place yesterday near the prosecutor's office building in Georgia. Members of the youth wing of the "Georgian Dream" arranged a football match. This way they protested against the arrest of bank accounts of Kakha Kaladze, famous footballer, now a member of Bidzina Ivanishvili's coalition. "Stop the repression and adoption illegal decisions", such was the slogan of the youth.
Young representatives of the "Georgian Dream", dressed in T-shirts with the logo of the coalition, held a symbolic football match in front of the prosecutor's office in Georgia. They stood with the balls and whistles, as well as with posters depicting Kakha Kaladze successes, protesting against the illegal decision of the court.
Tsotne Zurabiani: "We protest against lawlessness of the government, shown in its attitude towards Kaladze. I would like to appeal to the government and say that such actions cannot stop Kakha Kaladze and thwart justice in the country".
Dato Patsatsiya, leader of the youth wing of the coalition "Georgian Dream". "Another injustice added to unlawful arrest of accounts: Kaladze has no opportunity to appeal the sentence, which is absurd. Absurd is also the fact that he is suspected of such actions. This is political revenge and nothing else. These are the government's methods to deal shortly with the opponents".
Kakha Kaladze became the first Georgian, who managed to win twice in the Champions League. Now he's on another field. It was not easy to take such a decision. A lot of the backlog of unanswered questions prompted him to do so. It turned out that a single step separates politics from football.
The arrest of bank accounts of Kaladze, a majoritarian candidate in Samtredia from the coalition "Georgian Dream", was announced on July 26. The next day the chief prosecutor said that in recent times 6 million U.S. dollars were transferred on the account of Kakha Kaladze, and over the past few months, and additional 1.6 million lari were gradually transferred in the form of cash. "The subsequent movement of cash was fixed by a number of banking institution. However, there are no documents confirming the civil agreements of any type associated with this money", said in a statement by the prosecutor's office. It was also noted that at the same time approximately 900 thousand GEL were transferred from Kaladze's accounts to pay off various expenses.