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Vano Merabishvili arrested2013-05-21 19:12
Former Interior Minister and current Secretary General of the "United National Movement" Vano Merabishvili arrested in Georgia. The arrest took place immediately after the interrogation in the District Prosecutor's Office of West Georgia, in the city of Kutaisi.
Despite the fact that in recent months the Secretary General of "United National Movement" was summoned for interrogation four times, the news of his arrest became a surprise even for the experts.
Nika Chitadze, an independent expert in the field of social sciences, believes that the arrest of Vano Merabishvili is another political persecution of a representative of the previous government. In an interview to GTimes he said: "The reason for this detention is to divert attention from that shame that took place on May 17 at Freedom Square, I mean the clash between the participants of action against homophobia with the clerics when the government failed to provide reliable security. This, including the arrest of Merabishvili, once again proves that Georgia is moving away from democracy and Europe and getting closer to Russia, both geopolitically and ideologically. Why did their choice fall on these people - Tchiaberashvili and Merabishvili? Because they do not have parliamentary immunity and in addition they are quite competent people and strong competitors who do not suit the current government," the expert noted with regret.
This morning, Vano Merabishvili and former Minister of Health and Governor of Kakheti Zurab Chiaberashvili were summoned for interrogation to the District Prosecutor's Office in the city of Kutaisi on the case of fictitious jobs for supporters of the "United National Movement," created in the course of implementation of the state employment program in 2012.
According to the authorities, about $ 4 million allocated from the state budget for state employment program has been spent on funding the activists of the former ruling party "United National Movement" and its pre-election propaganda. Just before the parliamentary election, agents who called themselves the people of Merabishvili became frequent guests in the houses of Georgians. These people conducted agitation, asked questions, trying to find out for whom the family members were going to vote.