Georgian president pardons Israeli businessmen

Georgian president pardons Israeli businessmen

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.2 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /

Georgian President has pardoned the Israeli businessmen Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frankel today, who were serving their sentence in a Georgian prison, Georgian president's spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze said at a press conference.

"President Mikheil Saakashvili took this decision upon the request of the Israeli government and for humanitarian reasons," she said.

Fuchs and Frankel were arrested on Oct. 14, 2010 and the court sentenced them to 6.5 and 7 years in prison.

Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frankel were arrested at an elite restaurant during a meeting with Deputy Finance Minister Avtandil Haraidze. According to the investigation, the businessmen offered Haraidze a bribe of $7 million in exchange for refusing an attempt to protest the international arbitration court's decision.

Israeli businessmen did not plead guilty.

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