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Agriculture Ministry officials imprisoned before trial2013-05-06 11:40
On Saturday, May 4, Tbilisi City Court partially granted the request of the prosecution and selected preventive measure in the form of a two-month pre-trial detention for a group of senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, the Interfax reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Such measure of restraint applied to seven of the eight officials accused of embezzling funds of the state budget in a large scale and professional negligence. Among them - the head of Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia Omar Tedoradze, director of the Institute of Agricultural Mechanization Zaza Makharoblidze, director of the LC "Mekhanizator" Vaja Nakhutsrishvili and his deputies - Mamuka Ivanidze and Besik Tetvadze, Professor of the Agricultural University Otar Karchava, as well as expert Givi Kaihosroshvili.
As recalled by the Caucasian Knot, the criminal case is related to the misappropriation of 2.5 of 54 million lari allocated from the state budget for the Georgia's Rural Development Programme.
The detainees are charged under the Article 182 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implies responsibility for the misappropriation of funds in a large scale and provides for imprisonment up to 11 years.
The Minister of Agriculture of Georgia David Kirvalidze resigned on May 2 in connection with the case.