Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Georgian poliltics - or is it?

Irakli Okruashvili, the former Defence Minister, whose verbal diarrhoea started all the present upheaval in Georgia (will they never learn to keep their mouths shut?), was arrested in Berlin last night.

To recap; in early October he alleged that Saakashvili, the president, was involved in some murders; then Okruashvili was arrested on the grounds of corruption, after a week or two in prison he was let out on bail of 6 million USD, he retracted his statement, and went to Germany 'for medical treatment'.

His court case was on 16th November; he failed to turn up, his lawyers said they needed more time, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Now he was arrested in Berlin. Again there is uproar.

But the question to be asked is - what's so surprising about a guy, who failed to turn up for his court case, to be arrested? People think it is all political.

It does not seem to surprise many people that a politician in a poor country, who denies being corrupt, can get together a bail sum of 6 million USD - average per capita income is about 60 USD per month. At one stage there was a collection for his bail -' please give a lari, or two laris' - 0.6 to 1.2 USD.