Ex-Georgian defense minister released on bail
( RIA Novosti ) - A Paris court ruled on Wednesday to release former Georgian defense minister Irakly Okruashvili on bail, a senior counselor of the Georgian Embassy in France said.
Vissarion Zhgenti did not specify the bail sum.
Lawyers representing Okruashvili, accused by Tbilisi of corruption-related crimes, demanded his release on Tuesday and called for Georgia's extradition request to be turned down.
Okruashvili, once a key ally of newly re-elected Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, is currently in a French jail after he was extradited from Germany, where he was arrested last November at the request of Georgian authorities.
He has been charged in the South Caucasus country with abuse of office, money laundering and corruption, and is currently seeking political asylum in France.