Leader of the People's Party of Abkhazia released from custody
23 января 201
People's Party leader of Abkhazia Yakub Lakoba, who was arrested Jan. 21 and placed in the jail of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Abkhazia, was released from custody.
"Detention for 48 hours was groundless, to which the Attorney General responded correctly," - told the lawyer Omar Berulava to Interfax.
As previously reported, in respect of H. Lakoba who was prosecuted under Article 124 part 3 of the Criminal Code ("Libel, coupled with the accusation of committing a serious crime").
The reason for the initiation of the case was an article of Lakoba Yakub "phenomenon and the syndrome of Stepashin: a political schemer and a blackmailer," posted on the website of the Party of Economic Development of Abkhazia. (Http://era-abkhazia.org/news/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=3101) .
Abkhaz Opposition Politician Arrested for 'Libel' 22 января
22 января 2011
Leader of the Abkhaz opposition People's Party, Iakub Lakoba, was arrested on Friday evening in Sokhumi after the prosecutor's office charged him of slandering head of Russia’s state audit chamber Sergei Stepashin, Abkhaz and Russian reports say.
In an article published on his party's website on January 15, Lakoba blasted Stepashin for, as he suggested, trying to paper over financial violations in Abkhazia. which were revealed as a result of the audit of aid funds allocated by Moscow to Abkhazia in 2009-2010.
Speaking at a news conference in Sokhumi on January 12, Stepashin said that financial violations were mainly a result of mismanagement, lack of financial discipline and poor budgetary procedures.
Despite some violations, he said, "no swindlers in use of Russian financial aid have not been found in ...
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