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Okruashvili is looking to become a president2012-12-18 18:24
Former Defense Minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili is behind the bars for almost a month. So far the answer to the main question remains unclear: why has Okruashvili, who had been granted political asylum in France, returned to Georgia, where he was inevitably put into prison? But there are some suggestions in this regard. And one of them is this: in fact, former Saakashvili's ally and now a member of the opposition is willing to take the presidency. He is even ready to go for a temporary stay in prison for the sake of this.
Today, the former Minister of Interior Affairs, Defense and Economic Okruashvili, who is under investigation in Tbilisi prison, started a hunger strike. Thus Okruashvili decided to support his colleagues in the party, accused by the former Georgian authorities in the preparation of an armed coup last year. Okruashvili at that time was in France, which has not prevented him from the preparation of a coup in Georgia. Ex-minister demands the new government to grant his associates the status of political prisoners.
Okruashvili himself is charged under three articles of the Criminal Code - criminal negligence, misuse of power and bribery, but was released on bail of $ 6 million. Later, in May 2011, Okruashvili was accused of creating an illegal armed group with intent to commit a coup.
After resigning as Defense Minister in 2007, Okruashvili announced the creation of the opposition movement and announced accusations against the top leadership of Georgia. After just two days after the statement by Okruashvili, a former associate of Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested on corruption charges. During a subsequent interrogation he completely abandoned his claims against Saakashvili and partially pled his guilt. The court sentenced him to 11 years in prison, but in April 2008 Okruashvili was granted political asylum in France.
Not all politicians can easily achieve a certain status and obtain political asylum in one of the leading European countries. His goal - "to remove" Saakashvili - has been implemented by itself, without his direct involvement. Another thing, if Okruashvili would have tried "to remove Saakashvili" to take the post. The force of attraction of the presidency may be strong enough to attract the former Interior Minister from abroad even under the pain of a temporary prison.