2013-06-03Adoption of Law on Broadcasting Marked Political Assaults Towards Independent Media- Akaki Minashvili
84 against 4- is the voting with which the Parliament of Georgia adopted May 31 the amendments to the Law on Broadcasting, which will come into effect after its publication. The amendments and additions to the Law on Broadcasting and its related draft bills were considered at the third hearing at the session of the Parliament, during which the discussion touched solely upon the subject of technical and editorial changes.
2013-06-03Former Head of Revenue Service Questioned at Gvaramia’s Trial
At the trial on Nika Gvaramia’s case, former head of Revenue Service Jambul Ebanoidze was questioned about the scheduled tax inspection at Electricity Distribution Company Telasi in the autumn of 2012. He said the order on inspecting the Service was later canceled and tax agreement process was launched with the Company.
2013-06-03Witness Had Surnames of the Victims Written on His Palm at Akhalaia’s Process
Head of the Unit for Particular Cases at the MIA, Colonel Simon Karchaidze accused former Minister of Defense Bachana Akhalaia of having verbally insulted riot police officers. During his interrogation, the witness had names of the victims written on his palm. This fact caused serious noise in the courtroom.
2013-05-31Parliament Overrides Two Presidential Vetoes
Parliament overturned on May 30 presidential vetoes on two bills – one related shortening of deadline for the Constitutional Court to deliver a verdict into those applications, which cause suspension of validity of a disputed legislative act and another one related to possible change of legal status to state universities.
2013-05-31Bill Offers to Suspend Selling of Agriculture Land to Foreigners
Two Georgian Dream lawmakers have initiated a bill proposing to suspend selling of agricultural land to foreign citizens till January 1, 2017.
2013-05-31Arrested Senior Officials of the Agriculture Ministry Believe They Are Victims of Selective Justice
On May 1, Counter-Corruption Agency of the MIA arrested eight senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Ltd Mechanizatori – dealer of agricultural equipment; they were charged for the waste of budget funds, professional negligence and oppression on experts. The detainees were sentenced to pre-trial imprisonment.
2013-05-30Journalist Was Not Allowed to Attend Briefing of Adjara Supreme Council
Journalist Tariel Tsetskhladze from Radio Adjara was not allowed to attend the traditional press-conference of Avtandil Beridze, chairman of the Adjara Supreme Council.
2013-05-30Sergo Tetradze’s Widow Questioned at the Trial on Megis Kardava’s Case
Widow of the late officer Sergo Tetradze and officer Davit Londaridze were questioned at the trial on former head of Military Police Megis Kardava and people accused in the same case. Sergo Tetradze and Davit Londaridze were arrested and accused of espionage in September of 2011. According to investigation materials, MIA officers demanded them to make confession statements.
2013-05-30Installation of Fences at S.Ossetia Administrative Border
Georgia will send a note to Russia expressing concern over installation of fences by the Russian troops across the South Ossetian administrative boundary line, Georgian Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze, said on Monday.
2013-05-30Former Police Officer Blames Zaza Chaia in Physical Assault of Utsnobi
Former police officer Erekle Grishkashvili blames former head of Vake Saburtalo district police unit Zaza Chaia in the physical assault of singer Gia Gachechiladze (Utsnobi) in the yard of police office on May 6, 2009.
2013-05-30Additional Charges Filed Against Merabishvili
Charges, involving “exceeding official powers with aggravated circumstances”, in connection to break up of a protest rally in downtown Tbilisi on May 26 2011, have been filed against ex-PM and former interior minister Vano Merabishvili, the Georgian prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.
2013-05-30“Let Us Fight against Prostitution Together” – Slogan of Gonio Residents
Gonio population requests government to reinforce control on prostitution. Locals are afraid tourist will not arrive in Gonio because of prostitution.
2013-05-30Irina Enukidze’s Priest States He Is Threatened with Seizing Property
Father Grigol Gogichadze living in Variani village in Gori district blames local senior officials, including MPs and leader of Gori Eparchy Bishop Andria, in his persecution. Father Grigol Gogichadze spoke about it with the representative of Human Rights Center’s Gori office. Deacon Giorgi Karelidze of Gori Eparchy said statements of the Father Grigol are slanderous.
2013-05-23Tchiaberashvili Released After Posting Bail, Merabishvili Sent to Pretrial Detention
Zurab Tchiaberashvili, the governor of Kakheti region and ex-healthcare minister, left the detention facility in Kutaisi on May 23 after posting bail.
After Bidzina Ivanishvili came in power, two Mojaheds disappeared in Georgia. Mikael Kadoev disappeared late last year when he was transported from Batumi to Tbilisi by the officers of the Counter-Terrorist Center of the MIA. Magamed Magamedov disappeared on April 19. Information Center of Kakheti tried to find out whether the trace of the missing Mojaheds goes towards Georgian MIA.
2013-05-22Main problem of media when covering 17 May events was incorrect usage of terminology
Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics conducted the monitoring of newscasts of TV-companies of 17 May. Following channels have been monitored: Georgian Public Broadcaster, Rustavi 2, Imedi, Maestro/Maestro 24, Ninth Channel, Kavkasia, Adjara.
2013-05-22Ex-PM Merabishvili, Ex-Healthcare Minister Tchiaberashvili Arrested
Former PM Vano Merabishvili, who is now UNM secretary general, and ex-healthcare minister Zurab Tchiaberashvili, who is now governor of Kakheti region, were arrested on May 21.
2013-05-22Megis Kardava Accused of Torture of Senior Military Servant
Prosecutor made introductory speech at the trial on Megis Kardava and 12 more accused people in the same case. Most resonance episode in the case refers to the torture of a military officer (Human Rights Center refrains from naming the torture victim due to ethic principles).
2013-05-21Mother of Disappeared Mojahed Requests Meeting with Prime-Minister
Human Rights Center calls upon the government of Georgia and international organizations to get interested in the disappearance of Magamed Magamedov. The latter arrived in Georgia in 2012 from Dagestan and requested political shelter here. He was registered in Georgia as asylum-seeker. In 2013 Magamedov disappeared from Tbilisi and nothing has been known about his whereabouts so far.
2013-05-20Violence Against Anti-Homophobia Rally
Deeply entrenched anti-gay prejudice spilled out in violence in the streets of downtown Tbilisi on May 17 as huge angry crowd, led by Orthodox clergy, confronted few dozen of gay rights activists, who wanted to hold a rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
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