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18.10.2013 06:13

Patarkatsishvili Family Demands Secret Document Regarding Imedi to Be Divulged

Gela Bochikashvili

The family of the deceased businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili has been demanding USD 400 millions from the state as the compensation for the confiscation of Mtatsminda Park. However, they haven’t got the money in reality,- Head of “Rustavi Steel” Supervisory Body Iraklli Rukhadze stated at the press-conference held on October 17. Rukhadze, that managed part of the Patarkatsishvilis’ business, held a press-conference together with Badri Patarkatsishvili’s sister Mzia Tortladze.

According to Irakli Rukhadze, the business of Badri Patarkatsishvili was managed by several persons, including Joseph Key, that had appropriated TV company Imedi soon after Badri Patarkatsishvili’s death and passed it over to the state control later on.” Rukhadze asserts that the government of that time gave Key an opportunity to act with falsified will.

In exchange for Imedi, the state permitted Joseph Key to take hold of the other assets,”- Irakli Rukhadze stressed.

According to him, the Patarkatsishvili family, after having lost the case at the Georgian court, filed an action against Georgia to international arbitration

“An incorrect information has been spread that they have been demanding Imedi in place of Mtatsminda Park. Imedi has been sold several times, and in the end went to the hands of an allegedly honest owner. Therefore, no international court could have demanded that Imedi was given back to the old owner on account of being confiscated from them. Only pecuniary compensation has been implied for that matter, which was USD 400 millions. This is the USD 400 millions that has been recent mentioned,”- Rukhadze stated.

PM Bidzina Ivanishvili stated during his conversation with Guria News, that Georgian State had paid the Patarkatshivili family about USD 400 millions for surrendering Imedi.

Mzia Tortladze denies the given information. She states that the family had taken a decision to withdraw the claim before hearing of the case had started in the arbitration.

“We were demanding USD 400 millions from the government. The only way they could have paid that amount of money was to take it from the people’s pocket, hence the decision to stop hearing of the case the arbitration,”- Mzia Tortladze stated.

According to her, that was the reason behind their concluding of a confidential agreement with the government in London in 2011, and the Patarkatsishvili family demands disclosure of that very document.

“The society should know what’s written in that agreement, i.e. what our agreement implied, thus the document must be disclosed,”- Mzia Tortladze stressed.

Irakli Rukhadze says that they have applied to the government with the request of divulging the document, and that the consent of the both parties is needed in order to remove top secret stamp from the agreement.

The information regarding the secret agreement made between the Patarkatsishvili family and the government was first spread by PM Bidzina Ivanishvili on September 12. Ivanishvili then said that his hair stood on end when he had read the document, and further added that the case was being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia.

The case regarding Imedi is being considered by the Tbilisi City Court, and Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava, as well as Joseph Key, have already been interrogated. The Prosecutor General Archil Kbilashvili stated this year’s February, based on the testimony given by Key, that at the time when Key was considered as the owner, he hadn’t been in fact exercising the owner’s rights and that the editorial policy was in reality determined by Gigi Ugulava, whereas the financial support was meant to be provided by Davit Kezerashvili, which the latter didn’t fulfill. In December 2008, it were Ugulava and Kezerashvili that demanded Imedi to be surrendered. 

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