The Tbilisi Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the former Georgian defence minister David Kezerashvili to pay 5,060,000 euros to the Ministry of Defence, meeting the claims of the body that the former official embezzled the budgetary funds while in office.
Kezerashvil, who is now wanted for several crimes by Tbilisi and holds the control stake in the opposition-minded Formula TV, was also ordered to pay 3,000 GEL fine to the budget.
The court rejected the claims against another defendant in the case, the former head of the Defence Ministry procurement department, Aleksandre Ninua and ordered the ministry to pay 5,000 GEL to him.
Kezerashvili served as the head of the financial police from 2004 to 2006 and then as minister until 2008.
In 2012, after the defeat of the United National Movement by the Georgian Dream coalition, he was charged with several offenses. However, the French and British courts refused his extradition in 2014 and 2016.