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Authorities in Georgia Detain Former Defense Minister


Authorities in Georgia have detained the country's former Defense Minister Irakly Okruashvili, two days after he publicly split with President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Okruashvili's supporters say police entered the former minister's office and took him away. No information is available on charges the former official might face.

A Georgian television station, Imedi says the arrest came as its staffers were filming a report in the offices. The journalists say police seized their equipment and tapes.

Okruashvili on Tuesday announced he is forming a new opposition party, the Movement for United Georgia. He also accused Mr. Saakashvili of corruption and ordering murders.

As an example, Okruashvili said President Saakashvili ordered him in July of 2005 to kill a well known Georgian businessman, Badri Patarkatsishvili. He said the president later changed his mind and the assassination was not carried out.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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