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Lawyers meet Archpriest in prison
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:06:00
Lawyers are meeting Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide.Giorgi Mamaladze's public Lawyer is also attending the meeting.The details of the meeting of Catholicos Patriarch with family members of Archpriest and the planned court session will be discussed at the meeting.
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Appeals Court upholds verdict made by City Court into Tennis Courts Special Operation case
Update Time: 2017-06-21 16:18:00
Tbilisi Appeals Court today upheld the verdict made by City Court for 2 persons Giorgi Tsaadze and Irakli Pirtskhalava charged for May 2, 2006, Tennis Courts Special Operation. The two were left imprisoned for 12 years each. The defense side disagreed with the decision and described it as politically motivated. Tsaadze and Pirtskhalava are charged for premeditated murder of two youngsters Zurab Vazagashvili and Aleksandre Khubulov killed during the special operation. 
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Georgian citizens arrested in Istanbul sentenced to pretrial detention
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 11:58:00
Five Georgian citizens arrested in Istanbul, Turkey, have been sentenced to pretrial detention as a preventive measure, - assistant of the Georgian Consul Lali Nakaidze reported. According to Nakaidze, the main trial has not been scheduled yet. The five Georgian citizens were arrested by Istanbul Police yesterday on robbery charge. According to the Turkish media, a group of Georgians had been carrying out criminal activities in Istanbul for the last one year.The Turkish media provided the initials of the detained Georgians: Mikheil J. (31 years old), Mamuka J. (39 years old), Tariel S. (46 years old), Emzar R. (54 years old), Malkhaz G. (30 years old).On May 16, Turkish law enforcers detained another group of five people in Antalya, who are accused of robbing cars and houses.
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Law on secret wire-tapping being discussed in Constitutional Court
Update Time: 2017-06-20 18:14:00
The law on secret wire-tapping is being discussed in Constitutional Court of Georgia. Judges listened to the arguments. Representatives of the parliament disagree with the standpoint that newly-established operative-technical agency, which has the so-called ‘key’ to secret recordings, is under subordination of State Security Service. 
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Minister of Internal Affairs answering questions of majority MPs
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:05:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs is answering questions of majority lawmakers into case of abduction of Afghan Mukhtarli, Azebaijani journalist from Tbilisi. The meeting is being held at central office of Georgian Dream Party and is closed for the media. 
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Public officials and heads of private companies detained on charges of abuse of power and fraud
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 11:03:00
Officers of Anti-Corruption Agency of State Security Service detained 4 public officials and heads of private companies on charges of abuse of power and fraud. As it was said at the briefing, the detainees are: former First Deputy Governor of Tianeti municipality Mamuli Mamulashvili, chief specialist of the Tianeti Municipal Infrastructure Development Service Malkhaz Matureli, representatives of the Tianeti Governor Badri Jimshitashvili and Lia Doreuli, as well as director of LTD Nikaremstroy branch in Georgia Davit Lomsadze and LTD Raza acting director Zaza Chitishvili."The investigation revealed that the Mamuli Mamulaishvili, Malkhaz Matureli, Badri Jimshitashvili and Lia Doreuli abused their official powers, and despite the fact that LTD Nikaremstroy and LTD Raza had not fully implemented the contract signed with the Tianeti municipality, namely they did not repair kindergartens, the officials paid GEL 123 240 to the contractors. Thus, Davit Lomsadze and Zaza Chitishvili misappropriated the money,” the agency reported. The detainees face 6-9 years in prison if convicted.
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Lawyer of Afgan Mukhtarli demands copies of the case materials
Publish Time: 2017-06-19 12:13:00
The lawyer of Afgan Mukhtarli, Azerbaijani journalist who disappeared from Tbilisi, demands transferring the video material took from the scene.Lawyer addresses the Police with the regarding request.
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Koba Kobidze to be appointed as head of Operative-Technical Agency
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 15:46:00
Koba Kobidze will be appointed as head of Operative-Technical Agency upon the decision of a special commission. Three candidates were presented on the post. A secret balloting was held. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will appoint Kobidze on the post according to the law. 
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Parliamentary Minority demands establishment of special commission
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 12:15:00
The parliamentary minority demands establishment of a special commission into investigation case of Afgan Mukhtarli, Azerbaijani journalist who disappeared from Tbilisi.  According to Sergo Ratiani, MP of National Movement Party, there is no trust toward Georgian investigation bodies. The parliamentary majority sees no necessity to establish such a commission at this stage.  
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European Parliament's resolution - assessments of NGOs
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 12:17:00
The non-governmental organizations respond to the resolution adopted by  European Parliament on Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli’s case.Third sector representatives believe that European Parliament has once again called on the Georgian state to answer all legitimate questions regarding this issue.According to the NGO representatives, the resolution strengthens the belief that the European Parliament considers Afgan Mukhtarli’s case as a serious violation of human rights.
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Ian Kelly: I’m convinced that Georgian government has a serious attitude towards Afgan Mukhtarli's case
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 12:14:00
I’m convinced that the Georgian government has a serious attitude towards this case and hope that thorough investigation will be conducted - the US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly responded to the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the case of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli.According to Ambassador he has active communication with the Georgian authorities regarding the case.Georgia’s government members speak about the necessity of timely completion of the investigation.
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Parliamentary minority demands establishing a new parliamentary investigative commission
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 12:11:00
Parliamentary minority demands establishing a new parliamentary investigative commission on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. The representatives of opposition believe that it will ensure a prompt and objective investigation into Mukhtarli’s disappearance case. The minority also demands to raise the issue of responsibility of Minister of Internal Affairs regarding the case.
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Lawyer of Afgan Mukhtarli demands copies of the case materials
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 12:09:00
The lawyer of Afgan Mukhtarli, Azerbaijani journalist who disappeared from Tbilisi, demands transferring of copies of the case materials from the Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.Archil Chopikashvili addresses the investigative body with the regarding request.The defense side talks about video material took from the scene. According to the lawyer, the video recordings are important to determine the truth.
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Four people suspected of having kidnapped businessman charged
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 15:44:00
Four people -- Nikoloz Bakhtadze, Levan Chkareuli, Davit Berezhiani and Nikipore Kutaladze - suspected of having kidnapped Givi Jiblade, Founder of Construction Company “Sveti,” have been officially charged. According to lawyer, the charged persons do not plead guilty. The court trial will be held on June 15. Law enforcers arrested the suspected kidnappers as a result of special operation yesterday. Investigation is in progress. Reportedly, the kidnappers were trying to extort a certain amount of money, threatening him with physical assault. The businessman was abducted when he was leaving his house. He says that four kidnappers arrived with a mini-bus, put a sack on his head and took to one of the parking lots.
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Rapper “Master” questioned at Tbilisi Prosecutor’s Office
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 15:09:00
Rapper “Master” Giorgi Pavliashvili was questioned at Tbilisi Prosecutor’s Office this afternoon. Pavliashvili informed prosecutor’s office about his correspondence with members of Birja Mafia musical band. Giorgi Gagua, a person who acted in the role of a policeman in a video-clip of Birja Mafia was also questioned. He said he did not know about the content of the video-clip namely, that it would contain mocking elements of law-enforcers. 
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Plenum of Constitutional Court to discuss complaint against Law on Secret Wiretapping
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 14:48:00
The Plenum of Constitutional Court will discuss a complaint prepared against Law on Secret Wiretapping. The lawyer of the court told Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) that judges had discussed the issue behind closed door and supported the demand of Merab Turava and Lali Papiashvili. Based on the legislation, 5 votes are needed for discussion of a certain issue by the plenum. The complaint will be considered by 9 judges. The coalition “This Concerns You” demands that the law adopted by the parliament is declared as unconstitutional. According to the law, the so-called key to access on secret wire-tapping belongs to a body, which is subordinated to State Security Service. 
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Two people suspected of having kidnapped businessman to be officially charged
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 12:09:00
Two people Nikoloz Bakhtadze and Levan Chkareuli suspected of having kidnapped Givi Jiblade, Founder of Construction Company “Sveti,” will be officially charged today. According to lawyer, the two people do not plead guilty. Four people are charged for the attack. Law enforcers arrested the suspected kidnappers as a result of special operation yesterday. Investigation is in progress. Reportedly, the kidnappers were trying to extort a certain amount of money, threatening him with physical assault. The businessman was abducted when he was leaving his house. He says that four kidnappers arrived with a mini-bus, put a sack on his head and took to one of the parking lots.
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Georgian Sportsman detained in US released
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 12:05:00
Levan Makashvili, Georgian boxer detained in the US has been released on bail, lawyer said. The Georgian boxer, together with another sportsman Avtandil Khurtsidze, is accused of having links with the Russian criminal gang, racketeering and financial fraud. 
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Abducted businessman recalls attack details
Update Time: 2017-06-13 20:15:00
Givi Jiblade, Founder of Construction Company "Sveti" who was kidnapped from Tbilisi center on June 12, recalls details of the attack on him. Four people are charged for the attack. Law enforcers arrested the suspected kidnappers as a result of special operation yesterday. Investigation is in progress. Reportedly, the kidnappers were trying to extort a certain amount of money, threatening him with physical assault. The businessman was abducted when he was leaving his house. He says that four kidnappers arrived with a mini-bus, put a sack on his head and took to one of the parking lots.According to Jibladze, the kidnapping was preceded by the controversy with the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli’s company representatives. Jibladze assumes that the persons linked to this company are the kidnappers. However he believes that Zurab Tsereteli himself was not informed about the fact. As Jibladze says, there was a shooting at his office a few days ago. 
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Birja Mafia member released on bail
Update Time: 2017-06-12 20:14:00
Tbilisi Court of Appeals satisfied the motion and replaced pre-detention sentences with bail.Mikheil Mgaloblishvili has to pay bails worth GEL 50 000 and Giorgi Keburia GEL 20 000.The Chief Prosecutor’s Office launched investigation into allegations of police abuse of authority into Birja Mafia case. According to office it launched the investigation based on the testimonies of Mgaloblishvili and Keburia, under the clause of the criminal code dealing with exceeding official powers and an article dealing with fabrication of evidence.Law enforcers arrested members of Birja Mafia musical band on June 9. Giorgi Keburia and Mikheil Mgaloblishvili were imposed to pre trail imprisonment at the decision of Tbilisi City Court. They are charged for illegal keeping of drugs. Detainees say the police did this as the musical band caricatured police in its video clip earlier.
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