Ex-Adjara president wanted by Interpol becomes housing co-op chairman in Moscow

Ex-Adjara president wanted by Interpol becomes housing co-op chairman in Moscow

The disgraced politician is accused of terrorism and murder.

Ex-President of Adjara Aslan Abashidze, who is on the international wanted list, has become a head of a housing co-op in the west of Moscow.

According to the database Kontur.Fokus, Mr. Abashidze has been chairman of the Homeowners' Association Legenda on 16 Zvenigorodskaya Street since August 2019, Otkrytye Media reports.

Abashidze was forced to leave Georgia in 2004, when the new president Mikhail Saakashvili introduced direct rule from Tbilisi in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The president of the republic flew to Moscow after Saakashvili publicly guaranteed his safety.

In 2005, a criminal case on charges of Terrorism, Exceeding Official Powers, Swindling, and Illegal Possession of Weapons and Ammunition was opened against Abashidze in Georgia. In March 2006, charges of the intentional killing of Ajaria deputy parliamentary speaker Nodar Imnadze were added to the case. Abashidze was put on the wanted list of Interpol and is still wanted.

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