Ivanishvili may ask Saakashvili for citizenship
The opposition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, trying to overturn the decree by Mikhail Saakashvili of deprivation of citizenship of Georgia in the court, simultaneously appealed to the President to grant him the Georgian citizenship, said one of the lawyers for the businessman and philanthropist Archil Kbilashvili.
"Bidzina Ivanishvili is skeptical of the legal process", he said to the newspaper "Resonance". December 27, Tbilisi City Court will decide on the suit of the oppositionist.
As reported by Archil Kbilashvili, the court's refusal will be challenged in higher courts, "but there is another path to get citizenship - an appeal to the president".
"We use all the mechanisms, we simultaneously ask the President for citizenship", the lawyer said. According to her, deprivation of citizenship of Ivanishvili and Khvedelidze indicates that this is "political persecution".
The defence has twice requested to challenge the judge Getsadze Shota, since I doubt that he would make a fair decision in this case, the newspaper "VZGLIAD" reported.
Recall, Bidzina Ivanishvili, better known under the name Boris, occupying the 25th place in Russia's "golden hundred" of Forbes, for many years distanced from politics and engaged in philanthropy and patronage in Georgia, October 5, unexpectedly announced his intention to create a party and take part in parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2012.