(Civil.Ge) — Families of two Israeli businessmen, Rony Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel, convicted in Georgia over bribery charges, will appeal President Saakashvili in next few days with a request to pardon the two men, their defense lawyer, Archil Kbilashvili, said on April 19.
“They will request the President to pardon [Fuchs and Frenkiel] taking in view their age and health condition,” Kbilashvili said. “It will be up to the President then whether to heed or not the request.”
He also said that Head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, visited the convicts in prison and wished them early release.
On April 1 Tbilisi City Court found Fuchs and Frenkiel guilty of offering bribe to Georgian official; the both of them denied charges. Fuchs was sentenced to seven and Frenkiel to six years and six months in jail.