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Former Georgian defense minister remains detained in France

by | Nov 1, 2013
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Davit Kezerashvili was defense minister during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in France has confirmed the detention of former Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili.

Kezerashvili is charged with abuse of powers while he was defense minister and was detained at Nice airport on October 15.

A court placed him in 40 days detention, pending his extradition hearing. On October 31, another court hearing was held, which concluded that he must remain in detention, according to his lawyer.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has charged him under four sections of the Criminal Code, including bribery and money laundering.

Georgia has requested his extradition, and the Prosecutor’s Office has filed the required documents.

After Thursday’s hearing, Kezerashvili was brought back to a detention facility in Aix-en-Provence, where he will remain until a court makes a decision regarding extradition sometime before November 20.



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