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Tbilisi demands Israel to extradite former Defense Minister

2013-02-04 13:07

Prosecutor General of Georgia Archil Kbilashvili has stated that Tbilisi intended to declare former Georgian Defense Minister David Kezerashvili in an international arrest warrant through Interpol, the IA Regnum reported. According to the official, the country is going to start negotiations with Israel regarding the possibility of his extradition.

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Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against Kezerashvili under several articles of the Criminal Code. Former Defense Minister is accused of taking bribes on a large scale and extortion. According to the Prosecutor's Office, as a result of Kezerashvili's criminal activity the country has suffered damage amounting to several tens of millions of dollars.

Kezerashvili headed the Ministry of Defense of Georgia before the Russian-Georgian war in 2008. He left Georgia after last year's parliamentary election, won by the coalition of "Georgian Dream", the Echo of the Caucasus recalls.

David Kezelashvili also has Israeli citizenship. Israeli law forbids the extradition of its citizens to the other countries. Therefore, the initiative of the Georgian side is unlikely to be favorably considered by Tel Aviv.

 

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