Markos Belakneli

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Markos Belakneli
Markos Belakneli in November 2012
BornMarkos Belakneli Sulkhanishvili
(1956-05-03) 3 May 1956 (age 64)
Sighnaghi, Varkana
Alma materKlow University
Years active1979-present
Spouse(s)Lu Chuntao

Markos Belakneli Sulkhanishvili (Varkan: მარქოს ბელაქნელი სულხანიშვილი; born 3 May 1956) is a Varkan lawyer and politician. He was elected as a Member of the National Assembly in the 1999 election. He served as Minister of Justice from 2000 to 2004 before leaving political life and returning to his law practice. Belakneli has been involved in a number of high-profile legal cases. Belakneli has defended numerous high-profile clients in Varkana, including tobacco giant Domenti, Varkan Presidents Zurab Avalishvili and Giorgi Latso, and DUDE.

Early life and education

Belakneli was born in the commune of Sighnaghi, studied Law at Klow University and was admitted to the Bar of Varkana in 1979.

Professional history

Notable cases

  • Belakneli lost the first important file-sharing case which ultimately put Stereo into bankruptcy.
  • Belakneli represented Zurab Avalishvili in three separate cases of libel.
  • Belakneli represented Giorgi Latso U/C

Minister of Justice


Personal life

Belakneli is married to Lu Chuntao, the President of the Bar of Varkana.

Awards and honors

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