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Thousands pay last respects to Georgian opposition tycoon

Thousands pay last respects to Georgian opposition tycoon

Thousands paid last respects Thursday to billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili, an opposition politician, at his funeral in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
Patarkatsishvili, 52, collapsed in his home near London and died Feb. 12. British pathologists have said he had severe heart disease.
British police are still conducting toxicological tests that are expected to be completed in several weeks.
With family and friends present, Patarkatsishvili's was buried in the garden of his Tbilisi residence.
Patarkatsishvili had 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.
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, Patarkatsishvili ran for president last month, losing to the incumbent, Mikhail Saakashvili. Opposition groups say the vote was rigged.


Updated : 2021-07-24 08:30 GMT+08:00