Georgia Seeks Opposition Leader’s Husband After Failed Payment

A Georgian court ordered that Badri Bitsadze, the husband of opposition leader Nino Burjanadze, be detained after failing to make a 100,000-lari ($61,000) bail payment.

Bitsadze has been charged with helping a group of anti- government protesters last month attempt an armed uprising, Khatuna Iosava, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, said by phone in the capital Tbilisi today. Bitsadze’s whereabouts remain unknown, she said.

Burjanadze won’t comment on the case immediately, Lia Chkareuli, her aide, said by phone, adding that the opposition leader isn’t planning to post bail for her husband.

Two people died in Georgia’s capital and at least 19 were injured as police sought to remove anti-government protesters from the city center in preparation for the independence day parade on May 26. Opposition groups have held five days of rallies in the city calling for the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at hbedwell@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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