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Mayor Kaladze agrees with former deputies that Swiss Bank freezing Ivanishvili's accounts is a 'Racket'

By Liza Mchedlidze
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
The Mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze, when asked by an interviewer regarding the statement of former 'Georgian Dream' deputies, who assess Swiss Bank's actions as a 'racket', he responded that he agrees with this statement and said that it can also be 'maybe even more' than a racket.

According to the mayor of the capital, the actions of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse violate the law and raise many questions:

"Why are they doing this? A person had these funds in a particular bank for years, and usually, without any obstacles, he was able to transfer this money and use it as needed. One fine day, this decision was made regarding the suspension of funds, completely illegally, without any explanations, which raises very big questions" Kakha Kaladze said.

"One fine day, this decision was made regarding the suspension of funds, completely illegally, without any explanations, which raises very big questions", said the mayor of Tbilisi.

The deputies Guram Macharashvili, Mikheil Kavelashvili, Dimitri Khundadze and Sozar Subari, who left the ruling 'Georgian Dream' party released a statement, evaluating Bidzina Ivanishvili's accounts being frozen by the Swiss bank.

They write that it seems that the 'similar regime' to former president Saakashvili's has been established in Switzerland, and there is racketeering, unfair courts and unfree media.

"During the past months, a lot has been written about Switzerland. Historically, Switzerland was considered an advanced democratic country even in Europe. However, what is happening in this country today? If everything is true, what Bidzina Ivanishvili's lawyer and experts are talking about - racketeering, unfair court and non-free media, It was the signature of the government, the Saakashvili regime which is the embassy's favorite. It turns out that this model of management has been actively established in Switzerland today as well. We want the kind of Europe that old Switzerland embodied. And the kind of Europe where the bank, the court and the media act in total coordination against justice and human rights, we really don't want to.

Georgians do not need to learn healthy liberal values and human rights from anyone. Vazha-Pshavela and Ilia Chavchavadze taught us this back in the 19th century. However, Vazha and Ilia also taught us the value of freedom and independence and assured us that nothing has a price if your self does not belong to you.

We do not want such a state where they try to establish radicalism and authoritarianism in the name of liberalism, democracy and human rights. We don't want such a state where the government will drag its own country into a devastating war at the behest of someone else.

The pressure is strong, however, we believe that the power of the people equipped with the truth can overcome all obstacles" the letter reads.