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16 Apr, 2008 14:26

France stalls on Georgian rebel minister’s fate

France stalls on Georgian rebel minister’s fate

A French court has postponed until June a decision on whether to extradite Georgia's former Defence Minister. Irakly Okruashvili, who's currently living in France, is wanted at home on numerous charges.

Okruashvili was once a leading figure in President Saakashvili's government.

After relations between the two soured, he joined the opposition, becoming a harsh critic of Georgia's current leadership.

Okruashvili insists the charges against him are politically-motivated.

He has been found guilty of extortion in Tbilisi and sentenced in his absence to 11 years in prison.