Tamaz Bakuridze claims his one-year detention has been unlawful and accuses the Batumi City Court for making an unfair decision on his case, Prime News reported on Monday. The former press secretary of Aslan Abashidze and the former director general of Adjara TV was arrested for tax evasion, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of power on August 8, 2004, and was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment by Batumi City Court on July 21. Bakuridze complained that the questioning of 25 witnesses lasted for eleven months because the court was dragging out the process and in fact needed only one month. The procession presented 16 charges against him but he was found not guilty in ten. Bakuridze claims however that the other six charges were virtually identical to the ones rejects.
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