Tbilisi Appeals Court rejects prosecutors` motion regarding mayor
Tbilisi Appeals Court refused today a motion to suspend authorities to Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava.
The court also declined the prosecutor`s second motion in which the agency was appealing against the City Court’s 25 February decision regarding the Tbilisi mayor.
Prosecutors requested bail and travel ban for him as well as suspension of his authorities.
Criminal charges into two separate cases were filed against Ugulava.
Finance Ministry’s Investigations Service, which is in charge of probing into criminal offenses, says that the one case is related to “a criminal scheme of seizure of Imedi TV” in late 2008, which is also related to the case of Tbilisi municipality’s Rike deal.
Another case is related to alleged misspending of more than GEL 4 million of public funds by creating hundreds of fictitious job positions in a municipal service through which funds were channeled to pay salaries of UNM party activists, according to Finance Ministry’s Investigations Service.
In connection to the case of alleged fictitious jobs, Ugulava has been charged with second and third parts of article 182 of the criminal code, involving “misspending or embezzlement” of large amount of state funds by an official, carrying prison term for seven to eleven years.
In connection to “Imedi TV/Rike deal” case, Ugulava has been charged with the same parts of the article 182 of the criminal code, plus third part of article 194 of the same code, involving legalization of especially large amount of illicit income, carrying prison term from nine to twelve years.