TBILISI, DFWatch – Few Georgians doubt that Bidzina Ivanishvili is who he says he is, but now the government refuses him to officially reregister his gun in another person’s name, saying they are unable to establish the businessman’s identity.
The licence to carry a gun was given the businessman November 1, 2010, while was still a Georgian citizen, according to his own press service.
But a few days after unexpectedly launching himself as a political candidate October 7 Ivanishvili’s citizenship was revoked. Next, on October 21, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told him to apply to their service agency to reregister his weapon in another person’s name.
“Four days later we received a groundless refusal,” the statement from the businessman’s the press office reads.
“Service Agency officer determines it as unclear how the French citizen Bidzina Ivanishvili is registered in the village Chorvila [Western of Georgia, Imereti Region]. He said it is impossible to identify Ivanishvili,” the statements says.
Shalva Tadumadze, Ivanishvili’s lawyer, applied to the Interior Ministry to clarify the issue of the weapons keeping. While asking for a judicial consultation about the application, it says that the Interior Ministry issued a category A weapons register certificate, but now refuses to reregister the weapon.
“What kind of measures can we take so that the weapon keeping issue be placed within a legal framework and not lead any kind of misunderstandings,” Shalva Tadumadze’s application reads, dated October 26.
After Tbilisi City Court refused to restore Ivanishvili’s citizenship, his lawyers are going to take the case to the Appeals Court.
The businessman’s press office hopes that the gun-keeping issue won’t become one more ‘basis for government’s provocative actions.’