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Demetradze case can be appealed to the court in Strasbourg

2011-07-28 21:24

Tbilisi Court of Appeal decision on the case of the famous Georgian soccer player George Demetradze may be appealed to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. As reported by the "Georgia-News", it was said today in an interview by the lawyer of Giga Zirakishvili convicted for "membership in the thieves' world".

"We are preparing documents for the appeal in the Supreme Court and in Strasbourg. One does not interfere with the other" - said Zirakishvili to reporters. Demetradze "naturally does not consider himself guilty and contends that the charge of "membership in the thieves' world" is just absurd" - added the lawyer.

Recall, on July 25 this year, the court concluded consideration of the appeal of Demetradze, which upheld the March decision of Tbilisi City Court, under which sportsman was found guilty on the first part of 223rd article of the Criminal Code of Georgia prima ("membership in the thieves' world") and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Sportsman was accused of illegal betting during the World Cup in 2010 and misappropriation of the proceeds. The court had found that Demetradze together with other persons actively had assisted to "winners" to receive prize money. A certain portion of the money was accumulated in a so-called "obschak".

Belonging to the so-called "thieves' world" in Georgia is a criminal offense.

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