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Mukhtarli's family publicized materials that, in their opinion, confirm that they are being watched
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 16:07:00
The family members of Afgan Mukhtarli have publicized the photo and video materials that, in their opinion, confirm that they are being watched. Afgan Mukhtarli’s wife Leila Mustafaeva calls on Prime Minister and law enforcement agencies to speed up with the investigation regarding the case.As the family lawyer said, the materials were handed over to the Prosecutor's Office for already a month ago. According to Archil Chopikashvili, the materials have not been published before due to the interests of investigation.The prosecutor’s Office responded to the fact. According to the main investigative body the investigation into the case is underway under Article 143 (illegal imprisonment) of the Criminal Code of Georgia and the presented material is being studied.As a reminder, Azeri journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted from Tbilisi when he was returning home on May 29, 2017. Later he happened to be at Azerbaijani territory. 
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So-called Tennis Courts case - Irakli Pirtskhalava`s wife gave testimony
Update Time: 2017-09-12 18:12:00
Irakli Pirtskhalava`s wife, Nino Khvitia gave testimony in the City Court. Nino Khvitia provided the information to investigation in the presence of a judge.The questioning was related to possible pressure on one of the main witnesses, Koba Gogitashvili on so-called Tennis Courts case. Based on that, investigation started several days ago.
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Border Breach - The trial of former president of Georgia to be held on September 18
Publish Time: 2017-09-12 16:05:00
The trial of former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili is scheduled to be held in Ukraine on September 18 at 15:00. The representative of Ukrainian Border Department confirmed the information.Police Serve Mikheil Saakashvili With Notice On Border Breach. According to the Code of Administrative Offenses, former president of Georgia is facing a fine up to 330$.
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So called Tennis Courts case - Irakli Pirtskhalava's spouse is being questioned in Prosecutor`s office
Publish Time: 2017-09-12 12:14:00
Irakli Pirtskhalava's spouse is being questioned in Prosecutor`s office. Nino Khvitia will provide the information to investigation in the presence of a judge.Their questioning is related to possible pressure on one of the main witnesses on so called Tennis Courts case. Based on that, investigation started several days ago.
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So called Tennis Courts case - Irakli Pirtskhalava's spouse will be interrogated today
Publish Time: 2017-09-12 10:05:00
Irakli Pirtskhalava's  spouse Nino Khvitia will be interrogated today. She is being questioned by the prosecutor's office.The prosecutor"s office decided to interrogate Nino Khvitaia, after the information on pressure on one of the witnesses released. According to Vazagashvili family"s lawyer, the witness was pressured by the Pirtskhalava Family.Nino Khvitia explains that the record which she handed over to the Public Defender confirms that Pirtskhalava's family did not exert pressure on Koba Gogotishvili, one of the main witnesses of the case.
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So called Tennis Courts case - Irakli Pirtskhalava's wife refuses to give testimony to prosecutor
Publish Time: 2017-09-11 12:15:00
The wife of Irakli Pirtskhalava, convict into Tennis Courts Special operation case refuses to be questioned by the prosecutor’s office and says that she will give testimony only to the judge.Nino Khvitia explains that the record which she handed over to the Public Defender confirms that Pirtskhalava's family did not exert pressure on Koba Gogotishvili, one of the main witnesses of the case.
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Trial of Georgian athlete Avtandil Khurtsidze will be held in USA today
Publish Time: 2017-09-08 12:23:00
The trial of Georgian athlete Avtandil Khurtsidze, detained in U.S. will be held tomorrow, on September 8. According to mother of the athlete Makvala Khurtsidze, the trial will be held at 12:00, local time. She hopes his son will be released from the courtroom. As a reminder, 15 Georgians were arrested in July in the U.S. accused of being the members of a Russian criminal syndicate. Two Georgian athletes – Avtandil Khurtsidze and Levan Makashvili were among the detainees. Makashvili was shortly released. Khurtsidze remains in pretrial detention. 
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One person detained on fact of putting fake 500-Euro banknotes into circulation
Publish Time: 2017-09-08 11:48:00
Offices of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained one person through carrying out of operative-investigative activities on fact of putting two fake 500-Euro banknotes into circulation in Zestaphoni town of Imereti region. The crime envisages imprisonment from 4 to 7 years. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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Mirzashvili v. Georgia - The European Court of Human Rights published decision
Publish Time: 2017-09-07 17:49:00
Mirzashvili v. Georgia (no. 26657/07)The European Court of Human Rights partially satisfied Nikoloz Mirzashvili's suit. The decision is published on the official website. The applicant, Nikoloz Mirzashvili, is a Georgian national who was born in 1971 and was at the relevant time serving a prison sentence in Rustavi Prison no. 2 (Georgia). The case mainly concerns his complaint that he was not provided with adequate medical care for cancer while in detention.In August 2005 Mr Mirzashvili was placed in pre-trial detention on charges of theft and armed robbery. He was convicted of those charges in October 2006 and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment, the conviction and sentence being later upheld on appeal.Before being placed in detention Mr Mirzashvili had undergone treatment for testicular cancer and had been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C (HCV). Shortly after being placed in detention he was transferred to the prison hospital, where his diagnoses were confirmed and the doctors recommended a consultation with an oncologist and a special medical examination at the NationalCentre for Oncology (NCO). Mr Mirzashvili stayed at the prison hospital for several months until early February 2006, without a specialist examination, receiving pain medication to treat his symptoms. After several prison transfers and given that his health was still unsatisfactory, he was again admitted to the prison hospital in late February 2006. In March 2006 he was examined by anoncologist, who concluded that the cancer had returned and that the chronic HCV had worsened. InNovember 2006 Mr Mirzashvili was sent to the NCO for a course of chemotherapy, but he was not sent there again for a check-up and chemotherapy a few weeks later, contrary to the oncologist’s recommendations. During the subsequent months Mr Mirzashvili underwent chemotherapy on two occasions but during several perio
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Lawyers of convicted Archpriest comment about guilty verdict made into Cyanide Case
Publish Time: 2017-09-06 12:11:00
Lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-tanking clergyman with Cyanide and convicted to 9 years imprisonment based on the decision of Tbilisi City Court made on September 5, presume that one group in Georgia’s Patriarchate acted against Mamaladze. Lawyer Giorgi Pantsulaia also said that Archpriest Iakob had known that conspiracy had been plotted against Mamaladze. According to Lawyer, the court made an unfair decision. The defense side will appeal against the verdict in Georgia and then in Strasbourg. 
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Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case
Update Time: 2017-09-05 20:38:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, today was convicted to 9 years imprisonment based on the verdict made by Besik Bugianishvili, Judge of Tbilisi City Court. Mamaladze was found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case on charge of plotting premeditated murder and illegal buying and keeping of arms on vengeance motive. The trial into the case continued nearly 5 months. More than 100 witnesses were questioned. Archpriest did not attend announcement of the verdict. Lawyers entered the so-called Matrosov Prison and introduced Mamaladze with the guilty verdict. The lawyers said they planned to appeal against the decision in Appeals Court. A lawsuit will be filed in Strasbourg Court as well. Some clergymen expressed dissatisfaction about the verdict. Mitropolit of Batumi and Lazeti said he had questions about Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Patriarch, who was declared as victim into the case. The third sector also has claims toward judiciary. Ucha Nanuashvili, Public Defender talked about violations detected during the court processes. He said that the violations obstructed fair judiciary to prevail into the case. “The monitoring made it clear that the violations during the investigation affected the court hearing and prevented the defendant and his lawyers from enjoying proper defense. Violation of the presumption of innocence and the right of equality of arms from the very first day of the investigation was only the beginning of a number of shortcomings,” reads one passage from the special statement released by Ombudsman in reaction to the verdict.Nanuashvili inquired why investigative agency had not obtained any evidence proving the purchase of cyanide. Ombudsman also remarked that neither the prosecution obtained the airport camera recordings. The Prosecutor's Office provided a video recording of secondary procedural actions, while the legality of major actions remained under question. 
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Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 18:08:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, was imposed 9 years imprisonment based on the verdict made by Besik Bugianishvili, Judge of Tbilisi City Court. Mamaladze was found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case on charge of plotting premeditated murder and illegal buying and keeping of arms on vengeance motive. The trial into the case continued during 4 months. More than 100 witnesses were questioned. Archpriest did not attend announcement of the verdict. Lawyers entered the so-called Matrosov Prison and introduced Mamaladze with the guilty verdict. The lawyers said they planned to appeal against the verdict in Appeals Court. Ucha Nanuashvili, Public Defender talked about violations detected during the court processes. He said that the violations obstructed fair judiciary to prevail into the case.   
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Georgia addresses Ukraine requesting extradition of Saakashvili
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 16:11:00
Georgia addressed Ukraine requesting to launch search efforts of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, as well as his arrest and extradition, Ukraine’s Deputy Justice Minister Sergey Petukhov informs. The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has sent the request to the Prosecutor General and Justice Ministry of Ukraine, - he has said. Chief Prosecutor’s Office says that Saakashvili is charged into 4 cases. It also underlined that Georgia repeatedly applied to Ukraine with extradition request of Saakashvili on September 1, 2017. 
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Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze meeting with lawyers
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 16:07:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, who was imposed 9 years imprisonment based on verdict made by Tbilisi City Court, is meeting with lawyers. Lawyers entered the so-called Matrosov Prison and are introducing Mamaladze with the guilty verdict. The lawyers will appeal against the verdict in Appeals Court. 
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Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze sentenced to 9 years imprisonment
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 16:05:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, was imposed 9 years imprisonment based on the decision of Besik Bugianishvili, Judge of Tbilisi City Court. Mamaladze was found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case on charge of plotting premeditated murder and illegal carrying of arms on vengeance motive. The trial into the case continued during 4 months. More than 100 witnesses were questioned. Archpriest did not attend announcement of the verdict. 
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Georgia’s Public Defender responds to Cyanide Case verdict with special statement
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 15:34:00
Georgia’s Public Defender is echoing the verdict delivered in the so-called cyanide case and considers that the guilty verdict does not serve justice, - the official website of Georgia’s Ombudsman says. According to the statement, the Public Defender confirms his respect for the court, as the main institution of judiciary. At the same time, considering his constitutional mandate, the Public Defender considers it necessary to inform the public of the main results of the continuous monitoring of the case over 7 months.‘The monitoring made it clear that the violations during the investigation affected the court hearing and prevented the defendant and his lawyers from enjoying proper defense. Violation of the presumption of innocence and the right of equality of arms from the very first day of the investigation was only the beginning of a number of shortcomings.Taking into consideration this context, it was even more unacceptable to fully close the trial, which deprived the public of the possibility to monitor the court hearings. The monitoring made it clear that the full closure of the trial was not necessary given the volume of the confidential information in the case.The study of the case materials and analysis of the information obtained during the court hearings revealed a number of significant violations. The Public Defender's Office will wait for the publication of the motivation of the judgment, although it can be directly said that there were violations, which caused evident and irreparable damage to a fair trial.Tbilisi City Court and Court of Appeals restricted the access of the defense to the luggage seized at Tbilisi International Airport and the video footage showing the detention. It is incomprehensible which personal data the court was trying to protect, when the trial was completely closed and the lawyers had signed a document that banned them from disclosing the case materials. In addition, it is unclear why the personal data protection was a superior interest than the right to a fair trial in the given case, while the Personal Data Protection Act does not apply to data processing in the court.It is noteworthy that neither the prosecution obtained the airport camera recordings. The Prosecutor's Office provided a video recording of secondary procedural actions, while the legality of major actions remained under question. As a result, it became impossible to obtain objective evidence in relation to the issue of decisive importance in the case. This problem
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Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze sentenced to 9 years imprisonment
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 12:06:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, was imposed 9 years imprisonment based on the decision of the judge of Tbilisi City Court. Mamaladze was found guilty into so-called Cyanide Case on charge of plotting murder and illegal carrying of arms. The trial into the case continued during 4 months. More than 100 witnesses were questioned. 
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Final verdict into so-called Cyanide Case to be announced
Publish Time: 2017-09-05 12:08:00
The final verdict into one high-profile so-called Cyanide case will be announced today. Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, will be acquitted or found guilty. The trial into the case continued during 4 months. More than 100 witnesses were questioned. 
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So-called Cyanide case - The final verdict will be known tomorrow
Publish Time: 2017-09-04 18:39:00
The final verdict into so-called Cyanide case will become known tomorrow, at 12 a.m. Information is confirmed by Giorgi Pantsulaia, Archpriest`s advocate.Giorgi Mamaladze, Archpriest charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking
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Prosecutor’s Office Makes a Decision to Review Judgements of Unlawfully Convicted Political Prisoners
Update Time: 2017-09-04 18:24:00
Department to Investigate Offenses Committed in Course of Legal Proceedings of the Chief Prosecutor’s  Office of Georgia has made a decision to review judgements of conviction of the political prisoners – Gia Salukvadze and Teimuraz Zhghenti. Prior to the aforementioned decision, a repeated comprehensive and objective investigation had been conducted into the case, new witnesses had been interrogated, dozens of investigative and procedural actions had been carried out, case files had been studied, new evidence and facts had been collected, whereupon the investigation obtained a set of irrefutable evidence in each case, which completely excluded the facts of the persons having committed the crimes they had been convicted of.Renewed investigation revealed that Gia Salukvadze and Teimuraz Zhghenti were convicted and have been serving their sentences because of their political views unacceptable for the previous government and for participating in street protests against the government.
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