Georgian-Armenian Activist Prosecuted
AKHALKALAKI (Azg)–Prosecutors in Georgia’s southern region of Javakhk–which is predominantly Armenian–have launched a criminal case against public and political activist Lyova Kobelian.
Kobelian–who is accused of tax evasion–says the charges have been concocted against him. He cites the long-running trial that has not issued a final verdict as a substantiation of his claims. According to Kobelian–it is already clear to all that he has never avoided paying taxes and has always been an honest businessman. Under the prosecutors’ pressure–however–the court avoids issuing a not-guilty verdict.
Javakhk Public Organizations Hear ‘Revival’ Out
AKHALKALAKI (A-Info)–Before Georgia’s November 2 parliamentary elections–the Georgian political party "Revival" held a meeting in the town of Akhaltsikha last week with Samtskhe Javakhk-based public organizations to discuss political–and socio-economic problems of the region and to present its party platform. Participants included Alexan Alexanian of the Akhalkalaki Department–Sokrat Anesian of the Ninotsminda Regional Department–and Sergey Karoyan–of the Akhaltsikha Regional Department. The "Revival" party was formed in 1995 and is based on the Union of Democratic Revival of Georgia (SDAK)–founded in 1992.
Villagers Drive out Georgian Businessmen
AKHALKALAKI (A-Info)–Residents near Javakh’s Lake Parvana apparently drove out Georgian businessmen who arrived in the region to get information about leasing out the lake for an extended period.