Azmaiparashvili Cleared of All Charges.
Friday, 22 July 2005 00:00
We are publishing the official press release in respect of the Palma Court of Justice in Mallorca, Spain. All criminal charges were dropped against FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili by the Palma Court of Justice in Mallorca, Spain, right before it was scheduled to take place today at noon. Read the press release.
PRESS RELEASE - 22 July 2005
All charges dropped against FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili
All criminal charges were dropped against FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili by the Palma Court of Justice in Mallorca, Spain, right before it was scheduled to take place today at noon.
The charges against FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili were made following an incident that took place at the end of the last FIDE Olympiad in Calvia, Spain, in October 2004. FIDE Vice-President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili was originally charged with assaulting the police and resisting arrest despite the fact that he was the one who was brutally assaulted by the Guardia Civil. Facing overwhelming evidence by the defence, all charges were promptly dropped before the commencement of the hearing.
FIDE supported GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili throughout this case. FIDE is very happy that the criminal case is now closed and once again looking forward to the `Gens Una Sumus` spirit of unity within the chess family.
FIDE delegation (left to right): Eydun Nolsoe, Paul Truong,
Georgios Makropoulos, Morten Sand and Zurab Azmaiparashvili
entering the court.
The World Chess Federation (FIDE: http://www.fide.com) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the supreme body responsible globally for the game of chess and its championships. FIDE is organizing the World Chess Championship as well as all world championships for women, junior and youth categories, the bi-annual Chess Olympiad and it also publishes the official FIDE Rating List. FIDE has a membership of 160 national chess federations and it retains offices in Greece and Russia.
For more information contact:
Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE)
Mr. Morten Sand
tel.: (+47) 905 61288, fax: (+30) 2109212859, email: