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Former Georgian Soccer Star Fined More Than $10 Million

Kakha Kaladze speaks at a rally of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition in Tbilisi in May.
Kakha Kaladze speaks at a rally of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition in Tbilisi in May.
A court in Georgia has fined the opposition politician and former soccer star Kakha Kaladze $10.3 million.

The Tbilisi City Court said Kaladze was fined because he withdrew $2 million from his bank accounts without supplying required information about how the money was spent.

Government officials say they suspect he could be illegally funding the opposition ahead of parliamentary elections in October.

The former Georgian national team captain and twice winner of the Champions League with Italy's AC Milan claims the case is politically motivated.

Kaladze will run for parliament as part of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition, which is led by billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili.

The coalition says it wants to end the rule of President Mikheil Saakashvili's governing United National Movement.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax
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by: Mamuka
August 12, 2012 01:11
This is so sad. Every time I see the Saakashvili regime do something like this it makes me sick. Is there in fact such a law? Does not a man have the right to spend his money however he wants-- what kind of law is this that makes you state how you intend to spend your money? I'm sure that the supporters of the National Movement face no such restrictions.
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by: Jack from: US
August 13, 2012 03:05
you cannot say bad things about your dear leader Saakashvilli. He and his rump democracy is the model NATO minions in the words of NATO General Secretary. The rump democracy of Saakashvilli exists exclusively on US taxpayers' money being bankrolled by US government, being second only to Israel

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