Former chairman of Tskaltubo City Council, former deputy governor of Vake district sentenced to 12 and 7 years in prison, respectively

The Tbilisi City Court has found former chairman of the Tskaltubo City Council Grigol Ivaneishvili and Teimuraz Chochua, former deputy governor of Vake district of Tbilisi, guilty.

Prosecutor Elizbar Gozalishvili announced on Wednesday that Ivaneishvili, who is accused of bribe-taking in especially large quantities, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, and Chochua, who is accused of assisting in bribery, to 7 years in prison, with three years in prison and four years as a conditional sentence.

The officers of Anti-corruption Agency under the State Security Service of Georgia detained Teimuraz Chochua and Grigol Ivaneishvili on January 25.

According to the State Security Service, an investigation established that Teimuraz Chochua mediated between chairman of Tskaltubo City Council Grigol Ivaneishvili and a foreign businessman, who was interested in purchasing former building of Tskaltubo Municipality Assembly. Grigol Ivaneishvili promised a foreign businessman to auction the mentioned building for a preliminary negotiated price and promised assistance in purchasing the mentioned property. In return, Ivaneishvili demanded bribe in amount of GEL 250 000.

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