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Wednesday, September 9
President visits Anaklia with Spanish architects

The Georgian President has arrived in the seaside village of Anaklia in the Samegrelo Region with a team of Spanish architects who will draw up a development plan for the resort.

The President said that the resort will be given all the necessary infrastructures to attract tourists in the future. He said that Anaklia Castle would be restored and promoted as one of its most attractive sights. “Ultimately, Anaklia will become one of the most beautiful resorts in Georgia, Anaklia port will receive ships and yachts, a yacht club will be organised on the beach and the historic castle of Anaklia will be equipped with necessary infrastructure,” Saakashvili said. (Rustavi 2)

Georgian sailors detained in The Philippines ask Government for help

The Georgian sailors detained in The Philippines are in a very bad condition. They are asking the Government of Georgia to help them. One of the sailors , Tamaz Malakmadze called Interpressnews to report this.

“We are in one of the camps for immigrants; there is not enough food and water. We are in a very bad condition but nobody has come to help us so far. 5 of the 13 detained Georgians were taken somewhere four days ago. We don’t know anything about them,” Malakmadze said.

A vessel sailing under the flag of Panama was detained on August 17. 13 Georgian sailors were on board. According to reports smuggled weapons were found on the ship. (Interpressnews)

Burjanadze’s villa to be sold at auction

The villa in Tskneti given to former Parliament Speaker Nino Burjanadze for 1 GEL before her resignation will be sold at auction on October 7. The court has satisfied the motion of the Incomes Ministry, which fined the ex-Speaker for tax evasion.

Earlier, the court found Burjanadze liable to pay over one million GEL in property tax. Experts had assessed the value of the villa, but Burjanadze disagreed with their valuation and refused to pay the tax. (Rustavi 2)

Ex-PM’s ally freed

A member of the Movement for Fair Georgia, led by ex-Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli, has been freed as the result of intervention by the Patriarch’s Administration.

Paata Kaikatsishvili had been jailed for drug addition and drug dealing. However Noghaideli had always denied there was any truth in these charges and said that Kaikatsishvili had been the victim of his political views.

Paata Kaikatsishvili says he will remain a member of Noghaideli’s party. (Rustavi 2)