TBILISI, DFWatch – The businessman who is trying to claim power in Georgia has a plan for what to do in case he doesn’t get back his citizenship.
One of his lawyers, Zakaria Kutsnashvili, said this Wednesday. He was answering a questions from a representative of the Estonian embassy, who wanted to know what Mr Ivanishvili plans to do if his court case to reclaim his citizenship fails. A citizenship is required in order to engage in politics in the country.
Mr Kutsnashvili answered that a backup plan is underway, but primarily the legal team is looking to see justice enforced by the court.
Ivanishvili’s lawyers and associates met foreign diplomats to explain a number of legal troubles he is having after going to politics in October.
One of the topics was Mr Ivanishvili’s citizenship, which has been revoked, making it illegal for him to be involved in politics.
They also discussed the crisis which has struck the businessman’s Cartu Bank, which is accused of money laundering and has suffered from a new law regarding debt claims. Cartu Bank director Nodar Javakhishvili met the diplomats to personally explain the situation.
The restauration work Ivanishvili is carrying out on the historic palace of King Rostom in Tbilisi was also discussed. Works have been interrupted by a legal disagreement.
Another lawyer, Shalva Tadumadze, said that ‘the bureaucratic machine’ is trying to undermine the rights of Ivanishvili.