Georgia's former defense minister freed on bail, leaves country

October 9, 2007 13:33

Georgia's former defense minister was freed on a multimillion-dollar bail early Tuesday after retracting his accusations against the president and left the country, news reports said. Irakly Okruashvili was arrested September 27, the day after he accused President Mikhail Saakashvili of a murder plot and corruption - allegations Saakashvili dismissed as "unpardonable lies." Okruashvili was charged with extortion, money-laundering and abuse of power. On Monday, Nika Gvaramia, Georgia's deputy chief prosecutor, said Okruashvili had retracted his accusations and admitted he made them for political purposes.

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