On March 29, 2006, a court of Tbilissi (capital) condemned Chalva Ramichvili, cofounder of the chain of independent television 202 and David Kokhreidze, directing general of the chain, to respectively four and three years of prison for “extortion of money”.
The authorities show them to have made sing, during an interview, a deputy of the governmental majority, Koba Bekauri, and to have extorted the sum of 100.000 dollars to him. According to the charge, the two journalists would have liked to buy the silence of the deputy because they had compromising information about it.
The journalists affirm that they wanted to trap the deputy who had just acquired a company of taking out of bond deprived in rather obscure circumstances.
Chalva Ramichvili and David Kokhreidze had been stopped on August 27, 2005 and placed, since this date, in custody following the charges of the deputy Koba Bekauri. They always protested their innocence, estimating victims of a provocation. Their lawyers declared, at the end of the verdict, that their judgment was political. The parties of opposition present at the audience announced that they expected such a judgement and denounced the lack of independence of the court.