Former Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia was granted political asylum in the U.S.
According to the Georgian office of "Voices of America", the wanted by the Georgian authorities, through Interpol, in connection with the embezzlement of public funds in a large scale, the former Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Eduard Shevardnadze, 54-year-old Temur Basiliya was granted political asylum in the United States.
As it was noted in an interview of Basiliya to American journalists, the decision to grant him political asylum was made by a judge of the Baltimore immigration court on the basis of "political persecution" by the Georgian authorities.
After coming to power of Mikhail Saakashvili Basiliya was allowed to leave the country. Nevertheless, the Georgian court sentenced him to nine years in prison on charges of abuse of office and embezzlement of state funds, and in 2008 he became wanted, as agency "Trend" reported.