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Prepared by Diana Dundua
Wednesday, April 30
“Three unknown persons fire on Danish Refugees Council building in Gali region”

Akhali Taoba reports that a Danish Refugees Council building was attacked in the Gali region of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia. Government officials described the incident as “alarming”:

On April 28 State Minister for Reintegration Issues Temur Iakobashvili announced that three unknown persons fired on the Danish refugees council building, stealing items from inside and damaging a car.

“The attack took place late at night on April 27. The criminals…damaged a car outside the building and stealing some things. It is a really alarming fact that criminals are attacking the international organizations,” the minister said.

“The government will ask international organizations and the UN to investigate the matter,” Iakobashvili said.

“Members of the Equality Institute NGO not to pay fines”

Rezonansi reports that the members of the Equality Institute NGO are refusing to pay fines for disobeying police:

NGO representative David Dalakishvili said they do not trust the illegal decision of the court and will not pay the fines.

Lawyer Gela Nikoleishvili said that unless the Equality Institute members pay the fines within a month the amount they are required to pay will increase.

Tbilisi City Court ordered NGO representatives Irakli Kakabadze, Koki Chakvetadze, Lasha Chkhartishvili, David Dalakishvili, Zurab Rtveliashvili, Jaba Jishkariani, as well as lawyer Malkhaz Jangirashvili to pay GEL 400 each on April 23.

They were charged with disobeying and insulting police after being arrested while protesting outside the State Chancellery.

“Irakli Okruashvili given the documentation grating him political asylum”

Akhali Taoba reports that on April 28 French authorities presented former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili—who has been sentenced to 11 years in absentia in Georgia for offences committed during his time in office—with documents that confirm his political refugee status:

Tamuna Rukhadze, a representative of the Movement for a United Georgia party that Okruashvili set up before he was arrested, said that Okruashvili has received documents from the French authorities that confirm he has political asylum in France.

Tbilisi City Court found the former minister guilty of extortion, money laundering, negligence and abuse of power and sentenced him to eleven years in prison in absentia.

“Kazakhstan is interested in Georgia’s agricultural products”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Kazakhstan is set to receive Georgian agricultural exports:

On a recent visit to Kazakhstan, Economic Development Minister Eka Sharashidze met with Kazakhstan’s prime minister and energy minister.

The sides discussed cooperation in the energy and transport sectors.

“…The Kazakh side expressed its wish to open its market to our agricultural products and this is pretty significant for increasing Georgia’s export potential. Both states are working hard to develop economic sector and launch investment projects,” Sharashidze said.