Identifier
Created
Classification
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07TBILISI3000
2007-11-30 12:53:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Tbilisi
Cable title:  

OKRUASHVILI REQUESTS POLITICAL ASYLUM IN GERMANY

Tags:  PREL PGOV GG 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 003000 

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DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/01/2007
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: OKRUASHVILI REQUESTS POLITICAL ASYLUM IN GERMANY

REF: TBILISI 2990

Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 003000

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/01/2007
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: OKRUASHVILI REQUESTS POLITICAL ASYLUM IN GERMANY

REF: TBILISI 2990

Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).


1. (C) The German Ambassador to Georgia told the Ambassador
November 30 that former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili,
arrested November 27 in Berlin on an Interpol warrant
(Reftel),has requested political asylum from the German
government. The German Ambassador said a court decision on
extradition could be delayed because of additional time
required for a different court to rule on the political
asylum request. On November 29 Georgian Ambassador to
Germany Levan Duchidze told Rustavi 2 TV that Okruashvili had
requested political asylum in Germany shortly after his
arrival on November 1, but was denied by the German
government on the grounds that he had no German visa.


2. (U) Eka Beselia, Okruashvili's lawyer, said Okruashvili is
being targeted for politically-motivated persecution.
Beselia read a statement from Okruashvili's Movement for
United Georgia party, making an appeal to the international
community and the German authorities not to allow Okruashvili
to be extradited to Georgia.
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