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Georgia Jails 'Armed Opposition Group'


The opposition activists were sentenced for planning to help fugitive former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili return to Georgia.

The opposition activists were sentenced for planning to help fugitive former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili return to Georgia.

A Georgian court has handed jail terms to 15 opposition supporters for allegedly forming an illegal armed group to bring a fugitive politician back to Georgia.

A statement by Tbilisi City Court on September 8 said the men were given sentences of between six months to six years after pleading guilty and striking a plea bargain.

The group was accused of planning to help former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili -- who fled the country after going into opposition and being convicted of corruption -- to return to Georgia during antigovernment protests in May that ended in violence.

compiled from agency reports

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