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Georgian Defense Ministry refers arms purchase case to prosecutor

Georgia Materials 7 December 2012 16:11 (UTC +04:00)
The Georgian Defence Ministry has referred the case on the purchase of tens of thousands of used Kalashnikov rifles by the former management of the ministry to the prosecutor.
Georgian Defense Ministry refers arms purchase case to prosecutor

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 6 /Trend N.Kirtskhalia /

The Georgian Defence Ministry has referred the case on the purchase of tens of thousands of used Kalashnikov rifles by the former management of the ministry to the prosecutor.

The Georgian army under the leadership of Bacho Akhalaia acquired the arms and a corruption scheme was discovered, adviser to the Defence Minister of Georgia Waco Avaliani said.

"The case will be transferred to the General Prosecutor's Office based on this evidence," he said.

The General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia noted that the second-hand weapons were acquired for 11.150.000 million euros. He added that each gun was purchased for 250 euros, while its real market price is only about 50 euros.

Avaliani did not name the company which carried out the transaction, but noted that the company is registered in offshore areas of Panama.

The case of the acquisition of a certain amounts of equipment is being investigated now as it also has a corruption component.

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