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Some Charges Dropped Against Former Georgian Defense Minister

Former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili (second from left) sits in a Tbilisi court on December 10.
The Georgian Prosecutor-General’s Office has announced that two of the charges against former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili have been dropped.

The office's spokesman, Teimuraz Mikaberidze, told journalists in Tbilisi on January 8 that charges of abuse of office and illegal business activities have been ruled out.

Okruashvili still faces other two charges relating to the alleged formation of an illegal armed group and negligence.

Okruashvili was arrested in November when he arrived in Tbilisi after spending five years abroad.

He left Georgia in 2007 after investigations were launched into allegations of bribe-taking and the formation of an illegal armed group.

He was later tried in absentia and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Okruashvili returned to Georgia days after the country's new government launched investigations against a number of former Interior Ministry officials.

With additional reporting by Interfax