NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed concern over the arrests of opponents of Georgia's new Government following elections last month.

A Georgian court decided to keep a former minister in custody but bailed two army commanders charged with abuse of power. The case has raised concern the new Government, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, is waging a political vendetta.

"I'm extremely concerned about the development we have seen since [the polls], not least related to arrests of political opponents in Georgia," Mr Rasmussen said.

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"It's for the legal system to sort out these cases."

Mr Ivanishvili has vowed to take action against former officials suspected of wrongdoing after his coalition ousted President Mikheil Saakashvili's party.