Sentence to Georgian ex-defense minister to be pronounced today
Georgia, Tbilisi , 31 October / corr. Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia is to be sentenced on October 31.
Bacho Akhalaia, the former head of the Department of Corrections, a former Defense Minister and former Interior Minister, who left the country before the parliamentary elections in October 2012, returned on November 5 and two days later he was arrested. Akhalaia was charged with three criminal cases relating to the period of his holding different posts.
Akhalaia was found not guilty in the case regarding the bullying of soldiers, whereas the review of one more case, which pertains to what is termed as bullying the staff members of the Georgian Interior Ministry special forces when Akhalaia held the post of Interior Minister, was completed two months ago, but the verdict has not been announced yet.
A Georgian court on Monday sentenced a former defense minister to nearly four years (3.9 years) in jail in the first guilty verdict against a top ally of outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Ex-defense minister Bacho Akhalaia was found guilty of "abuse of office" by the Tbilisi city court in connection with accusations he beat up several inmates during a 2006 prison riot.