Gueorgui Makharadze

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Giorgi Makharadze (გიორგი მახარაძე) (born 1961) was the deputy ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to the United States. On January 3, 1997, while driving in Washington, D.C. around midnight, Makharadze caused an accident that injured four people and killed a Brazilian girl, Jovianne Waltrick, who was sixteen years old.[1] He was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.15, but released from custody because he was a diplomat. The U.S. government asked the Georgian government to waive his immunity, which they did and Makharadze was tried and convicted of manslaughter by the U.S. and sentenced to seven to twenty-one years in prison.[2] The first three years of his sentence were served in a North Carolina prison. He was repatriated to his home nation of Georgia in 2000 to continue serving his sentence; and was released on February 27, 2002[3]


  1. ^ "Diplomat involved in fatal traffic accident". CNN. January 4, 1997. Archived from the original on April 26, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Diplomat Gets 7 Years for Death of Teen in Crash". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. December 20, 1997. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Georgia diplomat freed years early". Washington Times. March 1, 2002.