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Body of Georgian opposition tycoon is brought home for funeral

Body of Georgian opposition tycoon is brought home for funeral

The body of Georgian opposition leader Badri Patarkatsishvili, who died in Britain this month, was brought back to his home country on Tuesday.
Patarkatsishvili, 52, collapsed at his home near London and died on Feb. 12. British pathologists have said he had severe heart disease that made him liable to sudden death.
British police are still conducting toxicological tests that are expected to be completed in several weeks.
Georgian television channels showed a coffin bearing Patarkatsishvili's body being carried out of a plane that arrived Tuesday morning in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on a special flight from London.
The family said the funeral would be held on Thursday.
Patarkatsishvili built his fortune in Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union through a partnership with fellow tycoon Boris Berezovsky, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal foes.
Campaigning from Britain, he ran for president last month, losing to the incumbent, Mikhail Saakashvili. Opposition groups say the vote was rigged.
Patarkatsishvili helped lead anti-government protests in November and was under investigation in Georgia on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
He denied the accusations, but acknowledged offering a senior police official $100 million if police agreed not to respond with force during street protests after the January election.
Patarkatsishvili left Georgia in November and lived in self-imposed exile in Britain and Israel.


Updated : 2021-02-28 15:21 GMT+08:00