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    Interpol said Friday it had put Aslan Abashidze, the ex-leader of the formerly breakaway Georgia region of Adjaria, on the international wanted list in connection with serious crimes including terrorism.

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    MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - Interpol said Friday it had put Aslan Abashidze, the ex-leader of the formerly breakaway Georgia region of Adjaria, on the international wanted list in connection with serious crimes including terrorism.

    According to a report posted on the international police organization's Web site, Abashidze, who stepped down in 2004, stands accused of crimes including "fraud, organized crime, terrorism, and unlawful imprisonment."

    In December 2005, Batumi City Court issued an arrest warrant for Abashidze after the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office charged him with abuse of office, embezzlement of private and public funds, and organization of terrorist attacks.

    Abashidze's lawyer said that by ordering his arrest the Georgian government violated the immunity guarantees that President Mikheil Saakashvili had given the former Adjarian leader prior to his resignation in May 2004.

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