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Three detained over Batumi March 11-12 protests
Update Time: 2017-03-25 16:22:00
Three people have been additionally detained in connection with Batumi March 11-12 protests within the framework of ongoing investigation. Their trial will be held later today. The detainees are kept at pre-detention isolator. They have already been visited by their lawyers and a representative of Georgian Public Defender. 
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Constitutional Court to discuss the lawsuit of religious denominations
Update Time: 2017-03-24 20:30:00
Georgia-based religious denominations are objecting the allowances fixed for the Georgia’s Orthodox Church. The Constitutional Court accepted the lawsuit in proceedings to consider the constitutionality of the Patriarchate’s tax privileges.Case refers to Tax Code which provides the fixed allowances for the Orthodox Church: income and property taxes and value added taxes.
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Prosecutor requests to postpone pretrial hearing into Mamaladze case
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 18:04:00
Chief Prosecutor’s Office requests to postpone the pretrial hearing into the Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze case. Prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri made the regarding statement today.The prosecutor explained that the expertise material is in a large amount and the examination has not been completed yet.Prosecutor says that after the examination a number of procedures have to be conducted - the necessary investigative activities as well as questioning of witnesses.Archpriest and Head of Patriarchate’s Property Management Service was detained on February 10, 2017, at Tbilisi International Airport before his departure to Germany. According to Prosecutor's Office poisonous substance - sodium cyanide, kept in a concealed manner, was seized upon the search of his luggage. The investigation continues under Articles 18-108 and 236 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.  In addition, the investigation is ongoing on the charge of  keeping weapon illegally.
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Lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will appeal court's decision
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:05:00
The lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will appeal the decision made by the first instance of the court. The City Court did not satisfy the motion of  lawyers about questioning of the Holy Synod members.  According to Mikheil Ramishvili the judge denied the motion without any justification.
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Motion of Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers rejected
Update Time: 2017-03-23 20:31:00
The City Court did not satisfied the motion of archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers about questioning of the Holy Synod members. According to Mikheil Ramishvili the judge denied the motion without any justification.Lawyers plan to appeal the judge's decision within 24 hours.In parallel, part of the Synod members express readiness to cooperate with the investigation.
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Levan Rostoshvili sentenced to 8 years and Lasha Kurtanidze 5 years of imprisonment
Update Time: 2017-03-23 16:24:00
Tbilisi City Court sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment to TV anchor Levan Rostoshvili and  5 years of imprisonment  to the actor Lasha Kurtanidze. The accused persons were released on bail up to this time.Rostoshvili and Kurtanidze were detained on May 6, 2016. The investigation was launched under the Article 260 of the Criminal Code, on the charge of purchasing and possessing a large amount of an drugs.
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Protest “No Putting of Drugs” at MIA
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:15:00
A protest with slogan “No Putting of Drugs” was held at Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Participants of the activity protested against illegal detention of their relatives and objected to state drug policy. Several protesters sewed up their pockets. Journalist Eliso Kiladze, whose son is detained on drug charge and Ana Margvelashvili, daughter of President whose friend Mikheil Tatarashvili is detained, also participated in the protest. 
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MIA solves robbery case at Saburtalo
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 12:20:00
Law-enforcers solved the robbery case at Saburtalo district in Tbilisi red-handed. Two people are detained on fact and charge of illegal keeping and carrying of guns. Investigation determined that the detainee seized gold jewelry, sun-glasses, a watch and a car from a citizen under threat of a gun and escaped from the crime scene. 
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Mamuka Akhvlediani called at Financial Police for questioning
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 12:13:00
Mamuka Akhvlediani, former head of UNM faction in Tbilisi City Hall is being questioned at Financial Police regarding the project carried out by former authorities “New Life of Old Tbilisi.”Investigation is opened on charge of misappropriation of funds and evasion of taxes.   
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Dimitri Lortkipanidze questioned
Publish Time: 2017-03-21 16:07:00
Dimitri Lortkipanidze, former deputy chairperson of Human Rights Committee was questioned today regarding May 26 case. Lortkipanidze recalled the details of May 26 night and told how Shalva Obgaidze, one of the organizers of the protest, believed to be dead, was helped to escape from the hospital alive. Lortkipanidze was answering questions of investigation during 4 hours. 
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Person charged for having physically assaulted Rustavi 2 Gen. Director imposed penalty
Publish Time: 2017-03-21 12:24:00
Rati Gachechiladze, charged for having physically assaulted Nika Gvaramia, Director General of Rustavi 2 TV Company has been imposed to pay the 3.100-GEL fine. Lavrenti Maghlakelidze, Judge of Tbilisi City Court made the decision.The judge said that he charged person admitted the crime and cooperated with the investigation. Gvaramia was beaten in one of the restaurants in Tbilisi on January 7. 
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Chief Prosecutor makes yet another explanation regarding the so-called Cyanide Case
Publish Time: 2017-03-20 16:08:00
Chief Prosecutor has made yet another explanation regarding the so-called Cyanide Case. In parallel, after publishing the letter in Kviris Palitra newspaper, the lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze say that the main witness of the case Irakli Mamaladze tries to give another direction to the case; therefore he mentioned Soso Okhanashvili and Archbishop Dimitri. Irakli Mamaladze denies the accusations.
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One person detained on drug charge
Publish Time: 2017-03-19 12:05:00
Officers of Ministry of Internal Affairs detained one person on charge of illegal keeping and buying of drugs in Tbilisi.The 148 pills containing Buprenorphin and 22 pills containing Methadone were confiscated upon his body search. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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Prosecutor’s Office to return property to 3 legal owners
Update Time: 2017-03-18 20:19:00
Chief Prosecutor’s Office released the latest information regarding illegally confiscated property. Three people will be returned their property in the nearest future. During the last 2 years of investigation activities, Department of Crimes solved 56 cases regarding illegally deprived property. 
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Interpol puts the person accused of killing Giga Otkhozoria on the wanted list
Update Time: 2017-03-18 16:10:00
Interpol has put Rashid Kanji-Ogli, the person accused of killing Giga Otkhozoria at the so-called administrative border in Khurcha, Abkhazia, on the wanted list, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reported. Otkhozoria’s mother said that the decision is belated. Rashid Kanji-Ogli has been sentenced to 14 years in jail in absentia. Later, Kutaisi Appeal Court aggravated his charges.The so-called border guard, Rashid Kanji-Ogli murdered Georgian citizen Giga Otkhozoria on May 19, 2016 near the ‘administrative border’ at the Khurcha village.The Georgian side has been demanding transfer of Rashid Kanji-Ogli at the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meetings.
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Man protested against drug policy at April 9 monument
Update Time: 2017-03-18 16:09:00
A man protested against the current drug policy at April 9 monument in front of Tbilisi Parliament building. The man is taken to police department. Law-enforcers and rescuers were present at site. 
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Eight people detained over Batumi developments
Update Time: 2017-03-18 16:06:00
Eight people have been detained in relation to March 11-12 Batumi developments, Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reports. Charges have not been presented to them yet. As reported by the ministry the detainees are accused according to the 225th and 353rd articles of Georgia’s Criminal Code that envisages attacking police officers, or other governmental representative or public institution. Six people were detained earlier and sentenced to pretrial detention. One underage was released yesterday in exchange for 3000-GEL bail. 
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President not to present candidates for post of judges of Supreme Court
Update Time: 2017-03-18 12:08:00
President will not present any candidates for vacant post of a judge in Supreme Court of Georgia. Discussions over the issue were held within the framework of the sitting of Constitutional Commission on March 17.According to Vakhushti Menabde, Constitutionalist, Justice Supreme Council had to be involved in the selection process of candidates based on the conclusion provided by Venice Commission, advisory body of Council of Europe. The idea was expressed during the sitting that President’s authorities were not limited but added by Justice Supreme Council in the process. However, the suggestion was not supported. 
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Patrol Police officer detained on charge of consuming drugs
Update Time: 2017-03-17 18:06:00
A patrol police officer has been detained for use of drugs. According to Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), on March 16, the detainee and his companion were driving a car in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region, during which they were stopped and searched by officers of General Inspection. As a result of the search, a white pill (presumably drug) was found in the pocket of the police officer, while a syringe with drug in it was found in the car. During the search of the house of V. Sh. the owner of the car, police officers seized a weapon, a grenade and 86 bullets. 
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Batumi City Court discussing case of 6 people detained during March 12 protest
Publish Time: 2017-03-17 18:05:00
Batumi City Court is discussing the case of 6 people detained during the March 12 protest in Batumi, Adjara region. There is one juvenile among the detained. They are charged for organizing mass disorder, attack on public institutions and disobedience to the police. Tsiala Katamadze, a representative of Georgian Public Defender’s Office visited 5 detainees in pre-detention cell. Katamadze said that the detainees had no claims against law-enforcers and did not confirm the fact of discriminative attitude. Public Defender’s Office is monitoring investigation into the case.
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