2013-08-22Burjanadze Requested Ivanishvili to Re-Consider His Decision on Suspension of TV9
On August 20, election office of the political party Democratic Movement – United Georgia was opened in King Erekle II Street # 17 in Telavi. Presidential candidate of the party Nino Burjanadze attended the opening and presented the head of the office Jemal Bagatrishvili and her election program to journalists and society.
2013-08-22Ongoing Dispute on the Retrieve of TV-Company Iberia’s Broadcasting License To Be Finished With Agreement
According to spread information, ongoing dispute about the retrieve of the TV-Company Iberia’s broadcasting license will be finished with agreement. According to the Georgian National Communication Commission, late Badri Patarkatsishvili’s family owns the TV-Company Iberia’s broadcasting license.
2013-08-22Giorgi Margvelashvili: “On October 27 We Will Finish Cohabitation”
Coalition Georgian Dream’s presidential candidate Giorgi Margvelashvili continues pre-election campaign. On October 21, he met populations of Vakiri, Tsnori and Signagi districts. Despite a heavy rain, residents of Vakiri village gathered in the school playground.
2013-08-21Open Day for Socially Indigent Population at Human Rights House Tbilisi
On August 23, at 12:00 lawyers of the nongovernmental organizations Article 42 of the Constitution and Human Rights Center will hold Open Day for socially indigent citizens in the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi.
2013-08-20Six Police Officers Arrested for Tamaz Tamazashvili’s Case Released under Bail of 1000 Lari
Six police officers arrested for Tamaz Tamazashvili’s case were released from pretrial imprisonment under 1000 lari bail each.
2013-08-20Channel 9 Ceased Functioning
The main evening newscast of August 19 marked the ending of the year and a half broadcasting of Channel 9. Newsreader and General Director of the Channel Luba Eliashvili made one’s farewell during live air to the audience.
2013-08-20Demonstration with Participation of Cows in Batumi
Another group of eco-migrants returned from Gorelovka village of Ninotsminda district to Adjara. Six families unsuccessfully requested solution of their problems in front of the Adjara government office. Eco-migrants held unusual demonstrations – they brought the cattle to the government office by truck, which they could not feed because of lack of pastures in Ninotsminda district.
2013-08-19Human Rights Center Held Press-Conference about the Case of the Author of Scandalous Video-Footage
On August 16, a press-conference about the case of Gia Alavidze, author of scandalous video-footage about the convicted people for Sandro Girgvliani’s murder, was held in the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi.
2013-08-19IDP Settlement In Gori Is Not Supplied with Electricity
Internally displaced people living in Gori kindergarten No. 1 have not been supplied with electricity for over two months; residents of the kindergarten No. 7 and a public school face same problems.
2013-08-19Prosecutors Summon Two Ex-Ministers of Penitentiary for Questioning
Two ex-ministers in charge of the penitentiary system, Dimitri Shashkin and Khatuna Kalmakhelidze, have been summoned for questioning in connection to investigation over alleged cases of negligence by former senior prison officials, chief prosecutor’s office said on August 16.
2013-08-19Incident between Bacho Akhalaia’s Supporters and Former Political Prisoners
On July 13, a trial on the former defense and interior minister Bachana Akhalaia and other accused people was held at the Tbilisi City Court; in parallel to it, a protest assembly was organized in the court yard. The court discussed the episode about the torture of riot police officers when Akhalaia occupied the position of interior minister.
2013-08-16NGOs and Journalists Request Annulment of CEC Resolution on Restricting Activities of Media in Polling Stations
Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association requests annulment of the Central Election Commission’s resolution, which restricts journalists to perform professional activities in polling stations on the Election Day. GYLA’s representatives spoke about this problem during the meeting about pre-election environment in Gori.
2013-08-16GPB Refused Human Rights Organizations Placement of Social Video Clip
Tskitishvili, Head of the Administration of Tbilisi Human Rights House, is surprised at the letter of GPB Director General Giorgi Baratashvili, which contains refusal to put on the air a social video clip prepared by Tbilisi Human Rights House.
2013-08-15Verdict/Judgment on Bachana Akhalai to Be Delivered at the Next Hearing
Prosecutor and defence made final speeches at the trial on a former interior minister Bachana Akhalaia and other accused persons in the case of torture of seven riot police officers. Judge Davit Mgeliashvili will give the judgment in a few days.
2013-08-15Criminal Case Was Launched on Production-Use of Fraud ID Card in the Name of Akhmeta District Interim Governor
Akhmeta municipal board did not approve Beka Baidauri to the position of district governor; he is a friend of Akhmeta district majoritarian MP Zurab Zviadauri and occupied position of interim district governor after parliamentary election of 2012. Chairman of Municipal Board Zakaria Kinkladze said they had learned that faked ID card was issued on Beka Baidauri and criminal case was launched on the fact; on that ground the board did not approve him to the position.
2013-08-15GYLA Does not Agree with the Densus Survey
Based on the order of the US State Department Company Densus prepared a conclusion about the events of May 26, 2011. According to the survey results, police used proportionate force when dispersing protest demonstration on May 26; demonstrators were armed with shields and truncheons. Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, which also published survey conclusion with regard to the events of May 26, does not agree with the Densus’ conclusion in several aspects.
2013-08-14Politicians Criticize CEC Head for Resigning at 'Wrong Time'
A decision by chairman of the Central Election Commission, Zurab Kharatishvili, to resign eleven weeks before the presidential election has been criticized by senior Georgian Dream figures as “ill-timed.”
2013-08-14About 50 Members Officially Quitted Georgian Dream
About 50 members quitted political coalition Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia in Lanchkhuti and joined Nino Burjanadze’s party. Former members of the Coalition said although they left the GD, they still support Bidzina Ivanishvili and his policy and believe that tandem of Burjanadze and Ivanishvili is best way to save the country.
2013-08-14Election-Related Dates and Deadlines
September 7 – deadline for political parties and initiative groups to name their presidential candidates and to file an application to CEC to seek permission for launch of collection of signatures of supporters, required for being registered as a presidential candidate.
2013-08-1421 Years after the Armed Conflict in Abkhazia
On August 14, 1992 armed conflict broke out in Abkhazia. Main phase of military operations lasted 13 months and 13 days and finished on September 27, 1993 with the fall of Sokhumi. After the war, about 300 000 people had to flee from Abkhazia. About 10 000 soldiers and civilians were killed in military operations.
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