TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Friday released a Lithuanian businessman pending his trial.
Saulius Vaitkevičius was detained two days ago at Tbilisi airport and charged with a large amount of money appropriation and embezzlement.
The prosecutor wanted him to be in detention until the trial, but the court disagreed and let him go until the first hearing.
The Prosecutor’s Office claims Vaitkevičius in 2010 appropriated USD 2 million, which belonged to the company Caucasus Electro Market, which he was director of at the time. The Prosecutor’s Office claims to have evidence and witness testimony that confirms this.
But the Lithuanian businessman claims he is innocent.
The first hearing is scheduled for June 17, 2013.
Vaitkevičius’s wife first reported his detention to Lithuanian media two days ago saying that she doesn’t know the details about the case. The only thing she knows is that the investigators were interested in his connections to a former adviser to ex Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili, who is now in detention.
Vaitkevičius did not make any comments to the media as he left the courtroom.