Georgian Olympic champion and former member of parliament – Zurab Zviadauri, charged with premeditated murder in August, has been released on 50,000 GEL (14,000 euro, 16,000 USD) bail by a Telavi district court in the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti, reports Judo Inside.
Claiming it was not a premeditated murder as he was forced to shoot in defence, Zviadauri was arrested a day after three individuals, including his brother, were killed and two were injured in the counter shooting on August 16.
The prosecution says the former Olympic champion Zviadauri shot and killed 27-year-old Nika Kenchoshvili after the latter killed Zviadauri’s brother in Tsinandali, Kakheti region.
If found guilty Zurab Zviadauri, the winner of the Olympic gold medal in judo back in 2004 and ruling Georgian Dream party MP between 2014 and 2016, may be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.
Zurab #Zviadauri allegedly shot dead a man in an altercation and shootout over a business dispute that left three people dead. The shootout took place near the city of Telavi on August 16. Zviadauri is a former #GeorgianDream MP#Georgia pic.twitter.com/Lt54EEA26M
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