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Monday, August 15, 2005

 

Georgian football leader pays to escape trial

From Civil Georgia:

The General Prosecutor’s office reported on August 13 that a sort of lea bargain has been reached in the case of ex-President of the Georgian Football Federation Merab Zhordania. Zhordania was released after paying to the government an unspecified amount of money, which he allegedly misappropriated while serving as the president of the Tbilisi football club Dynamo. Zhordania has already been arrested once for tax evasion.

The system of plea bargaining, where former officials suspected of corruption are released without trial after agreeing to pay money, has been widely used since Saakashvili’s government came to power in 2003.

The system was criticized by the Council of Europe and the Georgian authorities pledged to cease this practice.

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