2013-06-28Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi, 3 Other Municipality Officials Arrested
Deputy mayor of Tbilisi, Davit Alavidze, and three other senior officials from the capital city's municipality were arrested late on Thursday in connection to ongoing investigation into misspending and embezzlement of GEL 48.9 million, the Finance Ministry's investigations unit said.
2013-06-27President Vetoed Amendments Draft Bill to the Law on Broadcasting
President Saakashvili has vetoed draft amendments, approved by third parliamentary hearing, to be made to the Georgian Law on Broadcasting, President’s official website reports.
2013-06-26Human Rights House Requests Early Release of the Convicted
Human Rights House Tbilisi addressed Joint Commission of the Ministry of Penitentiary and Ministry of Healthcare for early release of convicted Zaza Azariashvili. At the press-conference on June 25 at HRHT, Board Chairman Aleko Tskitishvili, lawyer Nestan Londaridze, former political prisoner Vakhtang Maisaia and sister of the convicted person presented journalists with Zaza Azariashvili’s case.
2013-06-25Witnesses Altered Their Initial Testimonies At the Trial on Bachana Akhalaia’s Case
Witnesses of the defense side – former commander of Senaki Battalion Davit Vekua and sergeant of the fourth battalion Irakli Jimsheladze – altered their initial testimonies made during preliminary investigation. Jimsheladze said he was intimidated during investigation.
2013-06-25Venice Commission Presented Recommendations on “The Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice of Georgia”
At its 95th plenary session Venice Commission discussed the draft law on The Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice of Georgia set up by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
2013-06-24MIA finds new video-tapes
Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Garibashvili stated 21 June that law enforcers have found four more barrels with firearms, video-tapes and documents.
2013-06-21Georgia Downgraded in U.S. Human Trafficking Report
The U S State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report has relegated Georgia to Tier 2, saying that despite government’s “significant efforts”, it “does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”
2013-06-21Appeal of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics to Interior Ministry’s PR Service
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics Appeals the PR Service of the Ministry of the Interior “to be more careful and moderate at the relationship with both the media and non-governmental sector.”
2013-06-20Defense Side Protests List of Witnesses on Gigi Ugulava’s Case
At the pre-trial process on Gigi Ugulava’s case, Tbilisi Mayor, the admissibility of the prosecutor’s evidence was discussed. The defense side requested to remove Businessman Joseph Kei from the list of witnesses.
2013-06-18Vano Merabishvili Goes on Hunger Strike
Former PM and Secretary General of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili, currently being in a preliminary detention cell, has gone on hunger strike with the demand of have television. The statement was made by the lawyer of the former PM in this conversation with Rustavi 2.
2013-06-17Bachana Akhalaia’s Lawyer Cannot Read Trial Protocol
State sponsored attorney of Bachana Akhalaia did not have chance to read the protocols of the trials, where he did not participate. Sulkhan Komakhidze said he requested the protocol from the court but could not get it. The lawyer believes it created unequal conditions for the parties and breached the principle of judiciary compatibility.
2013-06-17Prosecutor’s Office Requested Imprisonment for Davit Geladze but Court Imposed Bail on Him
Member of the parliamentary minority Givi Targamadze said head of fourth unit of the Criminal Police of the MIA Davit Geladze wounded 18-year-old young man. MP said at the press-conference in Kutaisi that on May 26 at 10:00 pm Davit Geladze was driving his car at a high speed drunk.
2013-06-14Author of the Footage about the Accused for Girgvliani’s Murder Believes He Is Arbitrary Prisoner
Gia Alavidze, inmate of Prison # 9, is author of those video-footage which was depicted by Maestro TV in 2009 and presented “extraordinary” imprisonment conditions created for the convicted for Sandro Girgvliani’s murder. (see the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiL3G70DgV8)
2013-06-14Missing Mojahed Arrested for the Attempted Terrorist Act
Georgian MIA arrested Dagestan Mojahed Mikail Kadiev (Michael Kadoev) for the attempted terrorist act, who disappeared in Georgia at the end of last year.
2013-06-13Election of Non-Judge Members of HCoJ Goes into Second Round
Parliament failed on June 12 to elect six non-judge members of the High Council of Justice after none of the 29 candidates garnered two-third majority of votes in secret ballot.
2013-06-11Imprisonment Term of Bachana Akhalaia to Expire
Nine-month imprisonment term of the accused Bachana Akhalaia expires early in August. According to the procedural law, unless the City Court passes verdict meanwhile, the accused will be released. The issue became urgent after it was clarified that parties have to interrogate 150 witnesses at the trial. In parallel to it, the prosecutor’s office blames the defense lawyers in purposeful extension of court proceedings.
2013-06-11Regulations of the Coverage of Pre-Election Campaign May Get Severer
Nongovernmental organizations developed package of legislative changes about media coverage of the pre-election campaign. In the frame of the inter-fraction group of the legislative body the discussion about the bill is planned on June 13.
2013-06-10Saakashvili Demands from Interior Ministry to Find Those Behind 'Jihad Threat' Video
President Saakashvili has “instructed” Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili to “immediately” identify those who have “produced and commissioned” a video, which threatens to take jihad into Georgia.
2013-06-07Seven Georgian Soldiers Die in Afghan Truck Bomb Attack
A U.S. Marine (left) and a Georgian army soldier from the 42nd infantry battalion (right) conduct patrol outside forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 10, 2013. Three days after this photo was taken, a truck bomb attack on base in Shir Ghazay killed three Georgian soldiers; a similar attack on other base in Helmand killed seven Georgian soldiers on June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena via DVIDS
2013-06-07Former Deputy Blames Akhalaia in Verbal Assault of Riot Police Officers
Former deputy minister Shalva Janashvili was questioned at the trial on former minister of interior Bacho Akhalaia. Janashvili said that during one of the incidents Akhalaia verbally insulted a riot police officer.
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