Tie Eater Gets Nervous Again
"The Georgian opposition accused President Mikhail Saakashvili of squandering state funds for purchasing a private jet equipped with one-seat catapult. Saakashvili is also accused of other spending which does not correspond to his activities as the president.
“The president once promised to use only common passenger planes. Now he spends enormous funds on his own comfort, although he continues talking about the crisis and the problems of the population,” Georgian opposition activist Iosif Shatberashvili said.
Mikhail Saakashvili purchased a Challenger-type plane for $56 million on the funds from the state budget. The Georgian president also ordered to equip his plane with one-seat catapult system evaluated at $7 million.
“The president was frightened with what happened to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and decided to have a catapult in his plane. Now he can sleep well,” Mr. Shatberashvili said."