Irakli Okruashvili

Two Georgian opposition politicians released from prison, threw scathing remarks towards Ivanishvili

By | May 15th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(IPN.) Embattled Georgian Dream admitted a major concession on Friday when President Salome Zurabishvili pardoned two opposition politicians. The two, former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava and ex-Minister of Defense Irakli Okruashvili were soon released and immediately hailed Bidzina Ivanishvili, the GD leader, with scathing remarks. "The only easy promise that Ivanishvili made was to [...]

Electoral reform in deadlock, opposition threatens resuming rallies in Georgia

By | May 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

( Political conflict in Georgia over electoral reform has escalated again amid disagreement between the government and main opposition forces, as the latter accuses the Georgian Dream of renouncing an agreement struck in March 8. The tension is so high some opposition politicians threaten to resume protest rallies despite Covid 19 restrictions. In particular, [...]

Ex-defense minister sentenced for participating in Gavrilov Night clashes

By | April 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Irakli Okruashvili. ( Irakli Okruashvili, who served for various important offices under President Mikheil Saakashvili in early 2000s, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for taking part in the Gavrilov Night clashes with police. Initially he was accused of attempting coup d’état but later was charged with organizing of and participating [...]

Georgia detains opposition politician for attempting coup d’etat

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Irakli Okruashvili was detained as he left a TV studio. ( TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Thursday detained the leader of an opposition party and charged him with participating in an attempted coup d’etat. Irakli Okruashvili, who served as defense minister and prosecutor general during Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency, was apprehended as he was on his [...]

Court told ex-president Saakashvili protected Girgvliani’s murderers

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sandro Girgvliani was 28 years old when he was murdered in January, 2006. Irakli Okruashvili. (GPB.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former minister claimed Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili protected several high ranking officials from prosecution as the high-profile trial about the murder of a young bank employee in Georgia eleven years ago continued in Tbilisi on Monday. […]

Suspect turns himself in after shooting at political rally

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have arrested a person accused of shooting and injuring two persons at a political rally in Gori on October 2.  According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), investigators have determined that the suspect fired shots during the meeting, […]

Two wounded in shooting at political rally in Georgia

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Irakli Okruashvili claimed he was the target of the shooting. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former Georgian defense minister claims he was the target when shots were fired during an election rally in Gori, a town 60km northwest of Tbilisi, on Sunday. Irakli Okruashvili was meeting voters in the town where he is a candidate […]

Okruashvili’s stakes claim on Rustavi 2 TV with secret contract

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A former Georgian defense minister has revealed the existence of a contract which appears to invalidate the takeover of one of the main TV stations in the country, as the Supreme Court is considering the case. The city court in Tbilisi decided in November […]

‘Saakashvili ordered beating of MP who criticized him to set an example’

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Irakli Okruashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili on Tuesday testified that ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the beating of a parliament member to make an example of what would happen to others if they dared openly criticize him. […]

Okruashvili detained at Nice airport after scuffle

By | August 17th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Irakli Okruashvili in Tbilisi, January 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili was Saturday briefly detained by French police after a scuffle with another Georgian politician, former MP Merab Samadashvili. The scuffle took place at Nice airport. Okruashvili was later released by airport police. […]

Okruashvili free on bail

By | January 11th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili was Friday set free on bail, as prosecutors have dropped two of the four charges against him. The charge regarding setting up illegal armed units was today withdrawn, while a USD 9 000 bail was set […]

Further testimony withdrawn in Okruashvili trial

By | January 10th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Another witness has changed his testimony in one of several court cases against former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili. The changed testimony led the Appeals Court to strip the case of one of the charges. Orkuashvili was minister […]

Witnesses change testimony in Okruashvili trial

By | January 9th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Two witnesses have changed their testimony in the case against Irakli Okruashvili, the former Defense Minister who turned against Saakashvili’s government and had to leave the country before he was sentenced to eleven years in jail. There are four […]

Prosecutors drop some of the charges against Okruashvili

By | January 9th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Prosecutor’s Office has dropped two out of four charges against former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili. He was part of the government of Saakashvili’s National Movement party, but turned against him and was forced to leave the country […]

Okruashvili is on hunger strike

By | December 18th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A former defense minister who is in prison awaiting trial has gone on hunger strike. Irakli Okruashvili, who is charged with abuse of powers and extortion, says he is doing it to express solidarity with ten other prisoners who didn’t make […]

Court rules that Okruashvili must remain in prison

By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Tbilisi City Court Tuesday heard two separate set of charges against former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili, and determined that he must remain in pre-trial custody. The first set of charges pertain to negligence of duty while he as defense […]

Okruashvili case postponed

By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The court hearing for former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili was postponed till December 3 at the request of his lawyers. Okruashvili served as minister in Saakashvili’s government, but left in 2007 and has since been living in France, where he has […]

Okruashvili returned to Georgia to clear his name

By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A former Defense Minister who has lived the last years as a political refugee in France this morning returned to Georgia and was detained on arrival. He was brought to Gldani’s No 8 prison in Tbilisi, which is one of the most crowded prisons in […]