18 May 2024,   11:00
Bidzina Ivanishvili was summoned for questioning at the Geneva Court - the ex-PM refused to arrive in Switzerland due to illness

Bidzina Ivanishvili does not go to the Geneva Court due to health conditions. Georgia"s ex-PM has refused to arrive in Switzerland due to health condition.

The details of the ongoing process were recently published by "Le Temps". From the article it is clear that the Swiss company categorically demanded to Bidzina Ivanishvili"s presence at the trial, but lawyers said that Ivanishvili is ill and they should present the document confirming that tomorrow.

In the present case, the defendant requested Ivanishvili"s detention if proved that he had disinformed the court and that the absence at the trial was not related to health problems.

The court refused to satisfy this motion and found that the imprisonment would be a strict punishment and not used for this type of dispute.

At the trial where Bidzina Ivanishvili was to give testimony, Ivanishvili claim against Swiss company is considered. Ivanishvili claims that the financial manager of the bank has intentionally invested $ 150 million in unprofitable business and lost his money.

According to the representative of the investigative journalists Nino Bakradze, the banker Patrick Lesdardon argues that all the operations were agreed with his client, Bidzina Ivanishvili, and the money went to high officials of "Gazprom" during the operations.