Israeli embassy in Georgia protests
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 22 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Israeli embassy in Georgia has protested against the "rude and inappropriate treatment" with Israeli businessmen Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frankel in the Tbilisi Prison.
Fuchs and Frankel had been found guilty of bribing a public official. Fuchs was sentenced to seven years and Frenkel to six years and six months in prison. At the same time, Frenkel will have to pay a fine worth 100,000 lari and Fux - 500,000 lari to the Georgian state budget ($1 - 169 lari).
"The Israeli Embassy expresses its indignation over the rude and inappropriate treatment of the Israeli citizens," the embassy statement reads.
The embassy reported that protest has already been sent to the Justice Ministry, Corrections and Legal Assistance Ministry, Foreign Ministry and the Ombudsman of Georgia.
The statement did not name details of mistreatment. But the attorney for the convicted, Archil Kbilashvili, told Trend that guards in masks broke into the cell on Sept.17 and forced the businessmen to raise hands for several hours.