Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb. 27
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal will make the final decision on the possibility of extradition of Georgia's former Defense Minister David Kezerashvili on Feb.27.
On Feb.3, the court granted the request of lawyers for the release of Kezerashvili from custody. He is in France and awaits the court's decision.
Kezerashvili was detained in mid-October 2013 at Nice airport while trying to fly to Albania.
On Jan.30, 2013, Georgia's investigating authorities indicted the former minister in absentia for taking large bribes and facilitating the smuggling of ethanol.
Kezerashvili, who served as the head of financial police of the Finance Ministry (2004-2006) and defense minister (2006-2008) assisted two businessmen during this period in the importation of ethanol to Georgia with no payment of customs duty and production of cognac alcohol in violation of production technology.
As a result of Kezerashvili's illegal activity, damage to the state amounted to $50 million, according to the prosecution.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.