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Georgia passes sentence on Israeli businessmen

Georgia Materials 1 April 2011 14:32 (UTC +04:00)
On Friday, the Tbilisi City Court judge Vaja Puhashvili announced the verdict on Israeli businessmen Ron Fux and Zev Frenkel, who were detained in Georgia. Fux was sentenced to seven years and Frenkel to six and a half years.
Georgia passes sentence on Israeli businessmen

Georgia, Tbilisi, April 1 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

On Friday, the Tbilisi City Court judge Vaja Puhashvili announced the verdict on Israeli businessmen Ron Fux and Zev Frenkel, who were detained in Georgia. Fux was sentenced to seven years and Frenkel to six and a half years.

Moreover, Frenkel will have to pay a fine worth 100,000 lari and Fux - 500,000 lari to the Georgian state budget ($1 = 169 lari).

Israeli businessmen are entitled to challenge the decision in the appellate court within a month. They also have the right to seek pardon from Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Israeli businessmen were arrested in Georgia on Oct. 15 of last year for attempting to bribe the Georgian Deputy Minister of Finance Avtandil Haraidze for $7 million.

The court found them guilty.

According to the International Court, the Georgian authorities unlawfully interrupted the Israeli businessmen's license on oil production in Georgia.

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