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Decision on Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Citizenship to be Declared on 29 June

The Appeal Court will declare its decision on Bidzina Ivanishvili’s citizenship on 29 June.

InterPressNews correspondent reports the Court studied case evidence at today’s trial.
Lawyers Shalva Tadumadze, Aleksandre Baramidze, Archil Kbilashvili and Zakaria Kutsnashvili represented Bidzina Ivanisvili at the court hearing. The other party was represented by the President’s representative Tinatin Siradze and CRA representatives Zhana Koiava and Giorgi Gabrielashvili.

Ivanishvili’s lawyers said the opposite party didn’t have any evidences to prove that CRA representative had spoken with the representative of the French Embassy who told them Bidzina Ivanishvil was a citizen of France.

In addition, Ivanishvili’s lawyers received reply to their request on statistic data from the previous trial. Giorgi Gabrielashvili of CRA provided statistic data about ten thousands suspended citizenships and said Bidzina Ivanishvili’s case was not unique at all. However, despite all that, Ivanishvili’s lawyers claimed Gabrielashvili could not mention any concrete case and it proves the opposite side does not have any evidence and decision about seizing Bidzina Ivanishvili’s citizenship was Mikheil Saakashvili’s political decision.

“Civil registry representatives said that there are tens of thousands such cases, when foreign citizens were revoked Georgian citizenship, though they couldn’t explain on the basis of what and could not name any specific examples which means that there is no evidence. The phone conversation, by which the opposition party alleges as if it was confirmed that Bidzina Ivanishvili is French citizen, can’t be considered as evidence, as there is not undisputed factual circumstance, to confirm the accuracy of the conversation”, Ivanishvili’s lawyer Zakaria Kutsnashvili said.

Chair of Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia Manana Kobakhidze and Coalition member Eka Beselia also attended the trial. The trial was monitored by NGO representatives and an American lawyer hired by “Georgian Dream”.


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