Okruashvili to Reveal Saakashvili's 'Mistakes'

Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili, an erstwhile ally of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, plans to reveal the Georgian president's "mistakes" that led to a five-day war with Russia over the separatist region of South Ossetia.

Eka Beselia, a lawyer for Okruashvili, said her client "thinks the president should be held responsible for this disaster.''

Okruashvili on Wednesday blamed Saakashvili for "irresponsible leadership" that "started crazy actions, creating 100,000 more refugees." He pledged to continue his opposition to the president.

A Paris court of appeals Wednesday refused a Georgian request to extradite Okruashvili.

A Tbilisi court in March convicted him in absentia of extortion and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. Okruashvili claims that the charges are politically motivated and stem from his open break with his former ally Saakashvili.

"This is certain proof that there is no independent judiciary in Georgia, which is part of the repression machine created by Saakashvili," Okruashvili said in Paris. "It is proof that human rights are not respected in Georgia."

Okruashvili has been living in France since January and was granted political asylum in April. He was first arrested in Tbilisi a year ago after saying Saakashvili had ordered political killings in the former Soviet republic.

After retracting the accusations on Oct. 8, he was released on bail to get medical attention in Western Europe.