Former Georgian minister arrested in Germany

A former Georgian defence minister turned opposition leader has been arrested in Germany on an international warrant issued by Tbilisi, German prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Former Georgian minister arrested in Germany
Irakli Okruashvili, who is facing charges of corruption, money laundering, abuse of power and negligence in Georgia, was arrested in Berlin on Tuesday on a warrant issued through Interpol.

'The Georgian authorities have 40 days to send us all the paperwork for the extradition request,' said Michael Grunwald, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office.

Okruashvili was arrested in Georgia on September 27 after alleging that President Mikheil Saakashvili had plotted murder and was corrupt.

He was released two weeks later after posting bail of 10 million lari (six million dollars, four million euros) and publicly retracted his allegations against Saakashvili.

Okruashvili was forced by Georgian authorities to leave the country as he prepared to participate in an opposition rally on November 2, with security service agents putting him on a plane to France, his lawyer Eka Beselia has said.

His family, who remained at home in Tbilisi, were being held 'like hostages', Beselia said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Kasım 2007, 17:34