Okruashvili's lawyer denies claims he's left Georgia
( RT ) - Georgia's former Defence Minister Irakly Okruashvili has not fled the country and is still in Tbilisi. according to his lawyer. Previous reports said he and his family had left Georgia shortly after a $ US 6 million bail fee was paid off securing his release from prison.
Irakly Okruashvili was released from custody in the early hours of Tuesday's morning and taken to his home in Tbilisi. He refused to talk to journalists as he arrived home.
It is not known who paid the $ US 6 million Mr Okruashvili's bail fee.
The former political ally of President Saakashvili is said to be with his family at their home in the capital. They have met with Mr Okruashvili's lawyer Eka Beselia.
"He never fled anywhere, I have spoken to him. Later I will make another public announcement, but just one thing - he didn't seem quite himself. He confirmed I will remain his lawyer. He says he does not know who provided bail money for him," Ms Beselia stated.
News of the sudden departure was made by the Georgian Imedi TV-channel. That's owned by media mogul Badri Patarkatsishvili, the man that Okruashvili earlier accused President Saakashvili of plotting to kill. The reports referred to Okruashvili's bodyguards.
Mr Okruashvili admitted his claims were made for political purposes.