Georgia jails 'armed opposition group'
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||8 September 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Georgia jails 'armed opposition group', 8 September 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e8973aa1a.html [accessed 19 June 2013]|
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September 08, 2011
The opposition activists were sentenced for planning to help fugitive former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili return to Georgia.
A Georgian court has handed jail terms to 15 opposition supporters for allegedly forming an illegal armed group to bring a fugitive politician back to Georgia.
A statement by Tbilisi City Court on September 8 said the men were given sentences of between six months to six years after pleading guilty and striking a plea bargain.
The group was accused of planning to help former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili – who fled the country after going into opposition and being convicted of corruption – to return to Georgia during antigovernment protests in May that ended in violence.
compiled from agency reports