TBILISI, DFWatch – Tbilisi City Court did not grant Rustavi Media Management Company’s request to sequester TV Company Igrika ltd.
The reason is that Igrika ltd is no more the property of Ilia Kikabidze, general director of the independent TV company Maestro.
A week ago Eroski Kitsmarishvili’s Rustavi Media Management Company went to court, demanding to seize Igrika ltd because of damages to personal property.
The story around Maestro events begin in December 2011, after Kitsmarishvili intruded into the company building, fired the directors and refused to leave. The police sided with him and helped in evicting the journalists from the building, and there has since been a frozen stand-off with Maestro broadcasting from a radio studio.
Maestro was seized by Tbilisi City Court a month and a half ago, after Kitrsmarishvili requested it.
Then there’s another TV station called Igreka, that recently surfaced in the news when ownership of it was transferred to the company Aktsept one week ago. The latter is the property of opposition financier Bidzina Ivanishvili’s wife, Ekaterine Khvedelidze. Recently it became known that people around Ivanishvili have decided to found a new TV station.
Igrika received broadcasting rights for satellite in December and has also rights to broadcast via cable.
Rustavi Media Management Company says Ilia Kikabidze inflicted property damage to the company, that’s why the company demanded to sequester Igrika ltd. However, the court rejected the request in the light of the fact that Kikabidze is no longer owner of the company.