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‘Tractor Case’ Studied by Public Defender’s Office

Published: August 12, 2013 | 9:33 am
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The criminal case of former Agriculture Ministry employees is being studied by the Public Defender’s Office, which has raised questions about the possible abuse of the defendant’s rights. Two aspects of the so-called ‘tractor case’ is being studied by the Ombudsman.
Three months have passed since the ‘tractor case’ began, and the defendants’ attorney Soso Baratashvili states that there are flaws with regards to both the allegations themselves, and the stated amounts of money involved. According to him, several individuals have been charged erroneously under Article 182, which relates to misappropriation of property, while the stated sum of 1 055 000 EUR is unrealistic, since it exceeds the total cost of the tractors. Mr. Baratashvili reckons that while the investigative agencies might initially have had grounds for making arrests, their actions later only served to justify their mistakes. The attorney has also addressed the issue of conditions under which the defendants were detained, saying that these only improved after the Public Defender’s Office became involved.
All defendants in the case have been released on bail. The trial will continue on 21 August, when the defence will be presenting its evidence.

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