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Widow of Imedi owner wrote a letter to Saakashvili

2008-11-19 13:34

Inna Gudavadze, the widow of oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili wrote an open letter to Mikhail Saakashvili, the President of Georgia. In this letter she asked him to assist her in return of Imedy (Georgian TV company) to the family of the businessman, RIA-Novosti informs.


Imedi was founded by Patarkatsishvili, but before his sudden death in February, 2008, he passed the control packet of shares to his cousin, the US citizen, Joseph Kay (Iosif Kakalashvili).

Gudavadze doesn't agree with this decision and in courts of the USA and Georgia she is going to get the TV channel as the heiress. Georgian opposition and Patarkatsishvili's family consider Kay to be a man of straw, who executes "governmental order" aimed to suppress critics in Imedi air.

"Mister President, in recent times you have repeatedly stated your resolution to follow democratic course, that implies respect for principles of private property, supremacy of law and mass media freedom. I call you to confirm your words with actions and assist the quickest solution of this issue, important for the whole society.", - states today's widow's letter.

Gudavadze notices that she has no political ambitions, but she realizes that the settlement of Imedi fate is impossible without participation of President Saakashvili.

The day before, at the press-conference in Tbilisi, American and Georgian lawyers of Kay published copies of the documents under which the shares of the TV company had been passed to Joseph Kay. Besides, Kay's lawyers published the copy of agreement of 1994 between Patarkatsishvili and his wife Gudavadze. According to this agreement, the businessman's wife refuses to pretend on her husband's property and will live apart.


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