Former governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region detained
Former governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region Mr. Tsezar Chocheli has been detained on charges of legalization of illicit income and illegal involvement in entrepreneurial activities.
Representatives of the investigational department of teh ministry of finance said the former governor received illicit incomes from the projects funded by the state budget. Reportedly, Tsezar Chocheli also was illegally involved in activities of New Energy Company.
Tsezar Chocheli was elected a chairperson of the assembly of Akhalgori town of Tskhinvali Region in 2002 and was later appointed as a head of the administration of teh district. In 2002 he was elected a single-mandate MP for Akhalgori district. In 2008 Mr. Chocheli was appointed as a governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region, which he resigned on November 24, 2012, after the parliamentary elections.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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