2013-01-30Human Rights Defenders for the Accused Person’s Right to Freedom of Choice
Court juries will discuss cases of former and acting senior governmental officials. Several days ago, parliament passed legislative initiative after two hearings with 103 votes. Reportedly, additional legislative amendments are planned to the law, which will restrict freedom of choice of the accused person and prosecutor will make final decision whether a concrete case is discussed by jury or not.
2013-01-30Giorgi Sibashvili Does Not Plead Guilty
2013-01-29“I Must See Roland Akhalaia in Prison Next to His Son”
76-year-old Murman Rogava from Zugdidi spent almost 6 years in prison and left it in wheelchair. I met the former prisoner in the rented flat in Mukhiani district, Tbilisi.
2013-01-29GYLA Publishes Opinion on Draft Constitutional Amendment
Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) publishes legal opinion on the draft Constitutional law on Amendments to the Constitution of Georgia. The Parliament of Georgia adopted a resolution on promulgation of the draft law and establishment of a steering committee for public discussions of the draft on December 28, 2012.
2013-01-29Statement of Human Rights Center about Vahagan Chakhalyan’s Breached Rights
Human Rights Center is concerned with political speculations against Vahagan Chakhalyan, who was released from prison under amnesty law several days ago and calls upon the President of Georgia and parliamentary minority to stop dissemination of purposeful disinformation about him.
2013-01-28Ex-Governor Released on GEL 200,000 Bail
Tbilisi City Court ruled on Saturday to release former governor of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region Cesar Chocheli, who was arrested on January 24 on charges related to illegal entrepreneurship and money laundering, on GEL 200,000 bail.
2013-01-25Proposal to Apply Jury Trials to Ex-Officials' Cases Confirmed
Parliament passed with its second and final third reading on January 18 Justice Ministry-proposed amendments to the criminal procedures code envisaging applying jury trials to the cases in which former officials face criminal charges started from February 1.
2013-01-25Zaza Khatiashvili-Fired Prosecutors Request To Become Lawyers, That Is Bad For the “Bar Association”
2013-01-24Analysis of Criminal and Administrative Cases with Alleged Political Motive
Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association held a presentation of the research “Analysis of Criminal and Administrative Cases with Alleged Political Motive” in Kutaisi on January 22, 2013. The Analysis reviews recent trends in the country.
2013-01-23Chronicle of Detentions Foretold
After the Parliamentary Election of October 1, 2012 people in Georgia already expected that several senior officials of the previous government would be placed behind bars. One of the main pre-election promises of winning political coalition Georgian Dream was to investigate corruption and torture crimes allegedly committed by former senior governmental officials and to hold them responsible for those crimes. A series of detainments started on November 6 with the detention of Bacho Akhalaia, the former minister of interior.
2013-01-22Chalagashvili Released under Bail
2013-01-21Prosecutor’s Office Cancels Prosecution and Accusation against Akhmed Chataev
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia cancelled its criminal prosecution against Chechen refugee Akhmed Chataev, arrested in connection to the special operation in Lopota Gorge, because his actions were not found to be criminal. The bail sum of 5,000 lari will be paid back to Chataev.
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