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Former Governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Detained

Published: January 24, 2013 | 5:30 pm
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Investigation Service of Ministry of Finance of Georgia detained Tsezar Chocheli, former governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Official statement was released on January 24. According to the statement, Chocheli is accused of legalization of illicit income and illegal involvement in entrepreneurial activities.

The investigation says Chocheli as the governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region was illegally engaged in New Energy’s activities. More concretely, he was assisting the company in sign contracts regarding accomplish the projects financed by the state budget. In exchange, Chocheli was illegally receiving big amounts of money by money laundering.

In summer 2010, based on Chocheli’s command, Ltd. New Energy brought the inventory of GEL 61 845 for basketball yard from Turkey and installed the inventory in Tbilisi’s Sopel Digomi district at Chocheli’s house yard.

The investigation is conducted according to Georgia’s Criminal Code, chapter 337 and the third part of chapter- 194, which envisions arrest from 9 to 12 years.

Vano Merabishvili, Secretary General of The United National Movement (UNM) commented on the detention fact: Tsezar Chocheli is the greatest patriot, who helped the families of wounded or killed soldiers; he was assisting displaced people from Akhalgori.”

Tsezar Chocheli was elected a chairperson of the assembly of Akhalgori town of Tskhinvali Region in 2002 and was later appointed a head of the administration of the region. In 2002 he was elected a single-mandate MP of Akhalgori region. In 2008  Chocheli was appointed a governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. He resigned on November 24, 2012, after the parliamentary elections.



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