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Friday, September 11
Georgian President congratulates national basketball team

The Georgian President has congratulated the national basketball team on beating Belarus. Mikheil Saakashvili received the sportsmen after the match with the Belarus basketball team at the President’s Palace on Wednesday. The President wished the basketball players success and expressed the hope that the national team will compete successfully in higher divisions as well.

Georgia has fulfilled its ambition of reaching Division A of the European Championship by beating Belarus in a two-game playoff series. Georgia enjoyed a 14-point advantage after the first leg in Belarus, but the team had to withstand a furious onslaught in Tbilisi to seal the win. (Rustavi 2)

Released Turkish captain returns home

The captain of the Turkish ship Buket has returned home after being released from a Georgian prison. Relatives greeted Mehmet Ozturk with flowers and Turkish flags at Istanbul Airport.

The tanker was arrested by Georgian Coast Guards on August 25. It was taking fuel to Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia in violation of Georgian law. The crew of the ship were released but the captain sentenced to 24 years in prison. The court then altered its ruling and gave the captain a three-year conditional sentence, thus releasing him.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister visited Georgia to ask for the release of the captain a few days ago. (Rustavi 2)

The Labour Party takes action against City Park

The Labour Party has taken an action against parking company City Park before Tbilisi City Council. Party spokesman Paata Jibladze said that the action had been brought because City Park was taking money from the people.

Jibladze said that more than 4,000 people who had previously managed parking places had become unemployed since City Park took over parking management in Tbilisi. These people are now protesting ourtside City Hall, demanding that they be reemployed or given other work, and Jibladze said that if this does not happen they will continue to protest. (Interpressnews)