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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Minister Sentenced

TBILISI () -- Former Georgian defense minister Tengiz Kitovani was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for organizing an illegal armed group and for unlawful possession of weapons.

Kitovani had already been fired by President Eduard Shevardnadze after he led 200 armed men in several buses towards the rebel province of Abkhazia in January 1995. Georgian troops lost control of the province in 1993.

Former Kitovani aides Valery Fisyun and Irakli Suguladze got six years and two years in jail respectively.