Nika Gvaramia, the founder of Mtavari TV, was found guilty by the Tbilisi Court of Appeals. Accordingly, the prison term of 3 years and 6 months sentenced by the Tbilisi City Court remains in force.
In addition, the Court of Appeals convicted Nika Gvaramia for abuse of office in the episode of embezzlement of 6 million 700 000 GEL. The 50,000 GEL fine was replaced by imprisonment, but in the end, he will have to stay in prison for the previously determined period of 3 years and 6 months.
As for Kakhaber Damenia and Zurab Yashvili, the defendants along with Nika Gvaramia, the ruling made by the Tbilisi City Court remained valid in this case too. According to the verdict, Kakhaber Damenia was fined 50,000 GEL, while Zurab Iashvili was found innocent.
For information, the decision of the Tbilisi City Court was appealed, both by the prosecution and the defense.
The Prosecutor's Office demanded a guilty verdict against all three defendants, while the defense demanded their acquittal. According to the decision of the court of first instance, Nika Gvaramia and Kakhaber Damenia were found guilty, while Zurab Iashvili was acquitted of the charges.
Tbilisi City Court found Nika Gvaramia partially guilty, changed the qualification of part of the charges against him under Article 220 and sentenced him to 3 years and 6 months. According to the same decision, Nika Gvaramia was found guilty of two episodes of abuse of official authority, which were related to Porsche and the episode of embezzlement of 6 million 700 000 GEL.
Kakha Damenia's charge under Article 182 of the Criminal Code, which refers to the embezzlement of a large amount of property rights belonging to Rustavi 2 by a group with a prior agreement, was requalified under Article 220, which refers to abuse of official authority, and a fine of 50,000 GEL was imposed.
Zurab Iashvili was found not guilty under Articles 221 and 362 of the Criminal Code, which meant commercial bribery and forging a false document.
On September 6, 2020, the General Prosecutor's Office indicted Nika Gvaramia, as well as Kakha Damenia, the former financial director of Rustavi 2, and Zurab Yashvili, the director of Inter Media Plus, in the Rustavi 2 case.
Nika Gvaramia was accused of embezzlement of a large amount of property rights belonging to Rustavi 2 by the group with a prior agreement, commercial bribery, forging of false documents, and legalization of illegal income.
Nika Gvaramia was also accused of abuse of official authority. Gvaramia was given a bail of 40,000 GEL as a preventive measure. In addition, he had limited right to leave the country.
Kakha Damenia was accused of the illegal embezzlement of a large amount of property rights belonging to the Rustavi 2 broadcasting company, which was committed by a pre-agreed group using their official status. Damenia was given 50,000 GEL bail as a preventive measure. He was also prohibited from leaving the state border without informing and consent of the investigative body.
As for Zurab Iashvili, he was accused of commercial bribery and forging a false document.
Iashvili was given 50,000 GEL bail as a preventive measure.