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Staff changes presumably taking place in security of Patriarch
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 16:05:00
Staff changes are presumably taking place in security of Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Based on the released information Zura Buchukuri will replace Soso Okhanashvili, head of Patriarchs bodyguards. However, the information is not confirmed yet. Okhanashvili does not answer calls of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Okhanashvili is not present at the Patriarchate either. Security Police of Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that all employees continue working in usual regime. 
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World
French voters call on Barack Obama to run in country's presidential election
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 15:02:00
Voters in France are vying for Barack Obama to become their next President, in a wild bid to bring about a “sixth Republic” in the French presidential elections this year.A website and poster campaign launched on Monday, titled “Obama17”, calls on French people to make the "radical choice" of signing a petition asking that the former US President to run for the position of 25th head of state in the 2017 leadership race.More than 30,000 people have so far signed the petition, and photos of posters mounted around Paris have been widely shared on social media, The Independent reports.
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Society
Press conference of students representing Auditorium 115
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:18:00
Students representing Auditorium 115 of Tbilisi State University (TSU) held a press conference. The students demand reformation of education system and legislative changes. Members of the movement demand abolishment of the article in Law on High Education which defines rights of students’ self-governance, otherwise threaten to continue protesting. 
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Politics
US Congressmen meeting with oppositional MPs
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:17:00
US Congressmen, being on a visit in Georgia, are meeting with oppositional lawmakers. Before that they met with Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament. The guests reiterated support to Georgia’s aspiration to become integrated with European structures and welcomed Georgia’s participation in peacekeeping missions. The Delegation headed by the Congressman Peter Roskam, will also meet with Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. 
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Society
UNM Members say wreath at memorial of Junkers
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:14:00
Members of United National Movement (UNM) Party lay wreaths at the memorial of Georgian Junkers, who fought for Georgia’s independence on February 25, 1921. UNM members said in an address to the gathered audience that Georgia would never surrender to an occupant country and would continue struggle for establishment of European and democratic state. 
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Society
Family members of 18-year-old man blame doctors of negligence
Update Time: 2017-02-25 12:09:00
Family members of an 18-year-old girl, who died in Kutaisi city, Imereti region, blame doctors for negligence. The girl was found at home being in unconscious condition. She was first transferred to Chiatura and then to Kutaisi hospital. Doctors said the patient had taken sleeping pills with purpose of committing suicide. The family does not agree with the version of death. 
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Justice
Investigation activities carried out at Matrosov Prison
Update Time: 2017-02-25 12:08:00
Investigative activities were carried out on February 24 at so-called Matrosov Prison where Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, is placed.DNA and handwriting samples of Mamaladze were taken. Mikheil Ramishvili, Mamaladze’s lawyer said that security of the charged archpriest as well as his family members were not properly ensured and called on Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili for visiting the charged clergyman in the nearest days. 
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Society
Change of staff in security of Patriarch not confirmed
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:03:00
The information about change in the staff of security of Georgia’s Patriarch is not confirmed. Soso Okhanashvili, head of Patriarchs bodyguards does not answer calls of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Okhanashvili is not present at the Patriarchate either. Security Police of Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that all employees continue working in usual regime. . 
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Culture
Tako Gachechiladze is preparing for Eurovision Song Contest
Update Time: 2017-02-24 21:15:00
Tako Gachechiladze , Georgian contender of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC)  is preparing for the Contest. Working on an entry song for ESC has been almost finished. Process of shooting the video clip for the song “Keep the Faith” will be started in several days.The 2017 ESC will be held in Kiev's International Exhibition Centre. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
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Society
Archpriest was not interrogated today - lawyers accuse Prosecution’s Office of prolonging the process artificially
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 20:05:00
The investigative activities have launched into Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s case. Expertise procedures are being conducted. Voice samples have been taken for determining the authenticity of the secret audio recordings mentioned by the Prosecutor’s Office. Handwriting samples are collected as well, which indicates the possibility of existence of a written material.Giorgi Mamaladze was not interrogated today. The lawyers accuse the Prosecution’s Office of prolonging the process artificially.The new lawyer has listened to several records, after which he denies mentioning “cyanide” from the defendant during the conversation.Giorgi Mamaladze, who is charged for attempted murder, expresses readiness to cooperate with the investigation. He plans to talk about the details of the gun discovered in his house.Questioning of Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Georgian Patriarch is planned as well. 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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Justice
Expertise procedures at so called Matrosov prison - when Archpriest be questioned?
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 18:05:00
When Archpriest will be questioned? Giorgi Mamaladze, who is charged for attempted murder, express readiness to cooperate with the investigation. He plans to talk about the details of the gun discovered in his house. In particular, how the gun got at his house and who asked him to store it.At this stage it is unknown whether or not Mamaladze will be questioned today. Today, the investigators arrived at the prison for conducting expertise procedures - In particular DNA testing, voice and calligraphy expertise.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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Politics
UNM holds protest rally in Kutaisi
Update Time: 2017-02-24 16:17:00
The members of the Kutaisi Organization of National Movement Party and supporters are holding a protest rally in front of the parliamentary building in Kutaisi town, Imereti region.The participants are objecting the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping and say that the draft-law infringes the human rights. The demonstrators called on the government to cease illegal surveillance.
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Politics
Noise and controversy occurred in Parliament
Update Time: 2017-02-24 16:15:00
Noise and controversy occurred in Parliament. There is difference in opinions among MPs regarding the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping. Parliament is considering the draft-bill through the second hearing at the plenary session today.The members of European Georgia have left the session hall in protests. 89 votes in favor and 20 against - draft-bill on secret wire-tapping was adopted through the first hearing yesterday.
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Society
Members of Government are evaluating "Cyanide Case" investigative process
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 16:10:00
The members of Government are evaluating the investigative process into the so-called Cyanide case.The Education Minister says that during the Holy Synod meeting the Church members expressed their full support toward the involvement into the investigation. Alexandre Jejelava hopes that the thorough investigation will be conducted.Minister of Justice explains that when two sides will meet each other in court, they will have the opportunity to operate in full compliance with the principle of equal rights and competitiveness.She says that now it is important to wait for the results of the investigation.
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Society
Who will replace Michael Botkoveli on the post
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 16:08:00
Who will replace Michael Botkoveli on the post at the Patriarchate is still unknown. The Georgia's Patriarchate has not made any statement in that regard yet. Archpriest Kakhaber Gogotishvili rules out physical confrontation between Soso Okhanashvili and Mikheil Botkoveli.Father Michael Botkoveli quit the post of Patriarch's Secretary in protest yesterday. He named the allegation against him voiced from Soso Okhanashvili as a reason.  Patriarch’s chief guard Soso Okhanashvili accused Botkoveli of telling lies.
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Society
Shorena Tetruashvili express readiness to answer Prosecutors’ questions
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 16:06:00
Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Georgian Patriarch, express readiness to answer the Prosecutors’ questions. The lawyer of the Georgia’s patriarchate makes the regarding statement.According to Edisher Karchava, the exact date of interrogation is still unknown and the Patriarchate is waiting for corresponding notification. Questioning refers to the so-called Cyanide case.Lawyer says that Tetruashvili will be questioned as a witness, because there are no other circumstances. The case is lined with so called Cyanide case.
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Justice
Giorgi Mamaladze to undergo DNA testing, voice and calligraphy expertise
Publish Time: 2017-02-24 16:05:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will undergo DNA testing, voice and calligraphy expertise  - the Archpriest will be questioned into so-called Cyanide case. Investigators are expected at the so called Matrosov prison. The results of the expertise will be compared with the audio material, which is included in the case.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.
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Justice
Appeal Court upheld the verdict delivered by City Court on Valeri Gelashvili's case
Update Time: 2017-02-24 12:57:00
The Appeal Court of Georgia has found guilty the convicted former Interior Minister Vano Merbiashvili over the case of assault on MP Valeri Gelashvili.  The court has upheld the verdict delivered by Tbilisi City Court on September 22, 2016. As a result, Merabishvili has been sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail according to the absorption principle. 
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Society
Whereabouts of Georgian pilot captured by Congolese rebels is still unknown
Update Time: 2017-02-24 12:31:00
The whereabouts of Soso Osorauli, Georgian pilot captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the rebels, is still unknown. The Georgia’s Embassy to South Africa has communication with the Congo government. According to Ambassador the health of Georgian soldier is not under the threat.Ambassador does not officially confirm the information about the ransom demanded by Congolese  rebels.Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively working to clarify the information. It is known that Soso Osorauli left Georgian armed forces 2 years ago. 
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Society
It is still unclear whether or not Patriarch’s chief guard will remain on the post
Update Time: 2017-02-24 12:14:00
It is still unclear whether or not Patriarch’s chief guard Soso Okhanashvili will remain on the post. Lasha Zhvania, the head of the Patriarchate Fund made the statement in that regard.He explained that Patriarch’s Guard Service subordinates to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry has to take the decision in that regard.Lasha Zhvania says that Patriarch's Secretary, Michael Botkoveli remains to the post as he could not leave his post without Patriarch’s permission.
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