Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili released on bail
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 11 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili was released on bail in the Tbilisi City Court on Friday.
Okruashvili was acquitted during the trial on accusations of negligence. Judge Zurab Esebua found him not guilty of acquisitions of unfit ammunition.
However, he is still accused of creating and heading illegal armed groups. Okruashvili's sentence on this case was previously replaced by bail at 15,000 Lari ($1=1.66 Lari).
As the lawyer of former minister Zviad Kordzadze told Trend, negligence remained the only charge under which Okruashvili was detained.
Yesterday, Okruashvili was acquitted on charges of misappropriating shares of Geocell and 11 years of his imprisonment was expunged.
Four charges were originally filed against Okruashvili, two of which (money laundering and Geocell share misappropriation) were dropped at the request of prosecutors' office. Now he has been acquitted on one more charge and the lawyer said he will be acquitted of the charge related to illegal armed groups as well, because 8 out of 9 witnesses refused to give evidence against the former minister.