2017-04-26Government’s Choice between Public Health and Tobacco Business
On April 18, the Parliamentary Committee of Healthcare and Social Issues held working meeting instead the second hearing of the draft law on Tobacco Control. The government requested to postpone the second hearing and the Committee conducted the discussion in informal format. Although the second hearing was postponed based on the initiative of the government and the main part of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion of the government’s remarks about the draft-law, the government’s representatives did not participate in the meeting.
2017-04-25Foreign Minister of Estonia Said the Elections in Tskhinvali Region Were Illegitimate
On April 24, the members of the Estonian Government’s delegation visited the Khurvaleti village in Shida Kartli in the frame of their official visit in Georgia. They studied the situation alongside the occupation line. The Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser and the delegation members received the information about the situation alongside the occupation line from Kakha Kemoklidze, representative of the State Security Service. The delegation members talked with Davit Vanishvili, 83, whose house is now on the other side of the occupation line. The Foreign Minister of Estonia made a statement to declare his support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. Sven Mikser made a remark about the recent elections in Tskhinvali region and said it was illegitimate.
2017-04-25Accusations against Khashuri municipality property management service unit
Zaza Mekhrishvili, a resident of Khashuri municipality, blames the head and two employees of the Economical Service Unit at the Khashuri municipal administration in his verbal and physical assault. Mekhrishvili claims the controversy started after he published a critical post about the property management service unit in the social network.
2017-04-25Court dispute over football stadium
Mikheil Lursmanashvili applied to the chief prosecutor’s office and the court with the claim to get the Gori based Tengiz Burjanadze Football Stadium back. Lursmanashvili said, during the governance of the United National Movement, he was forced to give up the property and assign it to the state. Lawyer Amiran Giguashvili defends interests of Mikheil Lursmanashvili at the court; the Gori City Hall is defendant in the court dispute.
2017-04-22„I deserved and received it” – up-to half million GEL for Easter Holiday bonuses
With regard to the Easter Holidays, 440 582 GEL was spent on the bonuses of the employees of the Kakheti region municipal administrations and councils. The most of them – 88 000 GEL was spent in Gurjaani municipality. “I deserved and received it” – the Gurjaani municipality governor Givi Gergidze declared. The ICK could not get his answer for what particular deed he deserved the bonus. As ICK found out, Givi Gergidze has blocked the incoming calls from ICK editorial office and its journalists on his service phone number 599 75 04 14. When the journalists tried to call him from other numbers, he answered “Do not bother me.”
2017-04-21Family of the deceased officer mistrusts the investigation
On February 25, 2017, officer Suliko Anesashvili died during physical trainings nearby the Karaleti base of the Special Tasks Department of the MIA. The family members of the officer declared mistrust to the investigation two months after the accident and claim the investigation process is dragged out and ineffective.
2017-04-14Father of the Former Chief Prosecutor of Georgia Registered Property Ownership on 28 Plots in Manavi Village
Nugzar Badashvili, the father of the former Chief Prosecutor of Georgia and now the head of the investigative service at the Ministry of Finances Giorgi Badashvili, works for different state funded enterprises and his salary doubles every year. In 2016, Nugzar Badashvili registered 227 467 sq. meters of agricultural land in Manavi village, Sagarejo municipality.
2017-04-10“What happened in the street?”
“Several months ago, I was going to work by taxi; the driver was masturbating in the car… I could neither cry nor ask him to stop the car. Who has never gone through that, would never realize how confusing and queasily this situation is. As soon as we reached the place, I dropped the money and rushed out of the car.”
2017-03-30Disabled prisoner serving his term in poor sanitary-hygiene conditions urges for early release
Grave injury of the spine (he is wheelchair user, cannot move independently), mielopatia, post-traumatic paraplegia, dysfunction of the minor pelvis, curvature of the nose bone, chronic Hepatitis C, mycosis of the foot, onikomycosis, psychic disorder – it is list of the sick convicted S.S. He has been in prison # 18 for 2, 5 years already.
2017-03-28Representatives of local self-government did not participate in the meetings with the President of Georgia in Gori
On March 21, the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili held meeting in Gori in the frame of the campaign Constitution Belongs to Everybody. The President, together with the leaders of political parties, met students and lecturers in the Gori State University.
2017-03-28Reorganization Is Ongoing in the Gori City Hall
Reorganization was commenced in the Gori City Hall to reduce number of 41 non-commercial legal entities and Ltds, which were established by the City Hall. The legal department of the City Hall already sent letters to the directors of the legal entities to inform them about possible personnel reductions.
2017-03-24Price of Phone “Frolics” by Akhmeta Municipal Council’s Chairman for the Local Budget
Akhmeta municipal council’s chairman Gela Jugashvili, before quitting the position, accidentally activated unlimited internet service on his service phone number and it remained active. The price of the service reached 4 000 GEL and it was paid from the local budget to the Ltd Magticom though as a rule state budget does not fund internet service of local government’s officials.
2017-03-24Successful Legal Litigation Cases of Human Rights Center (November 2016 - February 2017)
Ministry of Corrections to Pay 60 000 GEL to the Prisoner
The Tbilisi City Court satisfied the lawsuit of Human Rights Center and ordered the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia to pay 60 000 GEL to the torture victim prisoner, as a compensation for moral damage only.
2017-03-21President Margvelashvili Vetoes Surveillance Bill
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili vetoed the new surveillance bill, which was approved by the Parliament on March 1, 2017 and which entails the establishment of a special agency for conducting surveillance operations.
2017-03-21High Number Prisoners Is Still a Problem in Georgia
On March 15, the Council of Europe published its Annual Penal Statistics about convicts/persons serving non-custodial sanctions. 47 out of 52 member states participated in the survey of the Council of Europe.
2017-03-2129 IDP Families Received New Flats
Eva Gvaradze’s family is one of those 29 IDP families, whom, on March 20, the Minister of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, handed the keys to new flats. Eva Gvaradze was displaced from Tskhinvali region 27 years ago. She, together with her family, lived in unbearable conditions in the IDP settlement in Turbaza, Gori.
2017-03-18Secretary of the National Security Council Visited the Village on the Occupation Line
“It is historical injustice,” the secretary of the National Security Council stated on March 15 during his visit in the Khurvaleti village, on the occupation line. Local population and representatives of the Gori municipality council informed the secretary Davit Rakviashvili about the situation in the conflict-affected zone.
2017-03-15Up to 2 Million GEL Spent on the Service of Office Cars of the Senior Officials in Kakheti Region
From January 1, 2015 to December 1, 2016 the local budget spent 1 992 932 GEL on the service of the office cars of the senior officials in 9 municipalities. Among them, 1 506 929 GEL was spent on the fuel of their cars; 486 003 GEL was spent on the repair service.
2017-03-10Government exacerbates the sanctions on poaching
The government is working on exacerbation of the legislative regulations about poaching to ensure safety of rangers, forest guards and environment monitoring department officers. The Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Gigla Agulashvili made a statement about it. He said the court is sometimes very loyal towards the violators and even returns the crime weapon to them.
2017-03-09Indian Farmers Blame an Employee of the Signagi District Administration in Swindle
The Indian farmers living in the Sakobo village, Signagi municipality, blame the employee of the municipal administration Avtandil Vashakidze in swindle. As they told the ICK, they trusted the representative of the administration and sold 200 tons of wheat to him for debt two years ago. The farmers still have not received 40 000 GEL of the wheat price.
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