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25 Jan, 2008 11:04

Georgia's rebel TV station loses property

A court in Georgia has ordered the seizure of assets belonging to the Imedi TV company. Tbilisi’s City Court made the ruling on Friday, overturning a previous decision releasing the station's property. The TV channel is partly owned by the businessman Bad

It's not the first time authorities in Georgia have taken control of the opposition-leaning station. They stormed the building during anti-government rallies in November last year, taking it off the air completely.

A month later the station was allowed back on air.

The Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office had claimed Patarkatsishvili was using Imedi for criminal purposes.

The station’s management, however, declared in mid-December that Imedi would stop broadcasting in protest against the actions of the authorities accusing them of blackmailing and bribing their journalists.