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Will Megis Kardava ask for political asylum in Ukraine?
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 20:10:00
Megis Kardava, former high-ranking official of Military Police of Georgian Defense Ministry detained in Ukraine, has no claims about political asylum in Ukraine - his lawyer said and added that his defendant had not talked to him about this issue.Megis Kardava, wanted by Georgia with Interpol Red Notice was detained in Ukraine 2 days ago. He was traveling from Turkey. He is sentenced to 9-year imprisonment in absentia in Georgia on charge of torture, exceeding of official duty and murder of Colonel Sergo Tetradze.  
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Davit Ebralidze presents his candidacy for post of Chairman of Lawyers’ Association
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 13:47:00
Lawyer Davit Ebralidze presented his candidacy on post of Chairman of Lawyers’ Association. Ebralidze believes that his program is oriented on other members of the association and membership of professional personnel. He also plans to rename the association into Association of Professional Lawyers. Ebralidze has been a member of Lawyers’ Association since 2005. He also worked as deputy finance minister, energy ombudsman and expert of World Bank. Elections of Chairman of Lawyers’ Association are scheduled for December 9, 2017. 
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Georgia submits all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 12:02:00
Georgia has sent all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition to Ukraine, - said prosecutor Natia Songulashvili.According to her, the Georgian side is waiting for the decision of the competent court of Ukraine to bring Megis Kardava before the Georgian judiciary in the shortest possible time.Megis Kardava was declared wanted by Interpol in 2013.Megis Kardava, former senior defense ministry official, was detained in Ukraine on November 1.
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Procedures for Megis Kardava’s extradition to Georgia launched – Ukraine’s Security Service
Publish Time: 2017-11-02 18:03:00
As Ukraine’s Security Service reports, the procedures for former Georgian high official Megis Kardava’s extradition have already been launched. As reported by the agency the detainee, citizen of Georgia, has been wanted since 2012 for crimes envisaged by the articles #24, 138 and 144 of Georgia’s Criminal Code. ‘The detained Georgian citizen had three false passports (two – Ukrainians and one – of Belize) as well as false document of sailor by means of that he crossed Ukrainian and other countries borders. Under the decision of the Galitski regional court, the citizen of Georgia has been sentenced to 40 days in jail,’ the statement reads. 
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Wanted former high-ranking official of MoD detained
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 20:03:00
Megis Kardava, former high-ranking official of Georgian Ministry of Defense has been detained in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on the information of First Channel, Kardava was travelling to Ukraine from Turkey and was detained at the state border. Kardava was wanted by the Georgian side under Interpol Red Notice on charges that include exceeding official power, humiliation of a person, torture, sexual abuse and violence, illegal imprisonment and other violations.Kardava is sentenced to imprisonment with 9 year-term in absentia based on the verdict upheld by Appeals Court on charge of so-called Navtlughi Special Operation in Tbilisi and murder of Colonel Sergo Tetradze.Megis Kardava, who held the post of deputy at the military police department, was found guilty of violating sections 144 and 138 of the Criminal Code about sexual violence and torture, and sentenced to 12 years in jail, but in accordance with the amnesty passed by the new government in early 2013, his sentence was reduced by a quarter to nine years.Colonel Sergo Tetradze was detained on September 19, 2011 and accused of spying. He died on September 25. According to the official version, he died of a heart attack, but the case remained controversial, and caused suspicions that it in fact it was a murder.
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7 persons, arrested in front of Football Federation yesterday, released
Update Time: 2017-11-01 18:22:00
The court hearing of 8 persons, who were arrested at the rally held in front of the Football Federation yesterday, has been postponed. The next trial will be held on November 30 and before that, the seven detained persons were released. The motive of the postponement of the trail was to obtain additional evidence. As for another detainee Giorgi Chelidze, his trial was held today, but the defendant did not attend it, as he is being treated at a hospital.
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Supreme Court upholds guilty verdict against Vano Merabishvili
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 18:13:00
The Supreme Court denied the cassation complaint of former PM Vano Merabishvili’s lawyer in the case of assault on MP Valeri Gelashvili. According to the press service of the Chief Prosecutor's Office, the Court thus upheld the decision of Tbilisi Court of Appeals of February 23, 2017, which found Ivane Merabishvili guilty.“The Court established that on June 29, 2005, Valeri Gelashvili’s (member of the Parliament of Georgia by then) article under the title of ‘Valeri Gelashvili Shall Cede his House to Mikheil Saakashvili’ was published in the Resonance newspaper. In the mentioned article, Valeri Gelashvili expressed his discontent with the acting president for the reason that he was deprived of his property without being paid anything in recompense. In the same article, he discussed the private life of former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in offensive manner. After publishing the article, for the purpose to make an example of Valeri Gelashvili, Mikheil Saakashvili instructed Irakli Okruashvili, the Minister of Defense by then, to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili in retaliation, though received a negative response. Thereby, Mikheil Saakashvili tasked Ivane Merabishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs by then, to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili.After receiving the assignment, Ivane Merabishvili, under the organization of Director of Special Operative Department (SOD) Erekle Kodua subject to him, ensured to precisely execute the task given by Mikheil Saakashvili, which was carried out on July 15, 2005. Operative officers of SOD and members of Armed Special Forces Unit blocked the car driven by Valeri Gelashvili, in Tbilisi on Mirtshkhulava street, after which they attacked Valeri Gelashvili and people accompanying him. Under the instruction of Erekle Kodua and guidance of head of SOD division Giorgi Siradze, the members of the Special Forces Unit took Valeri Gelashvili from the car together with his accompanying persons forcibly and by threatening with firearms, beat him severely with the butts of firearms and had unlawfully took from him the ‘Heckler Koch’ firearm being in legal ownership of Valeri Gelashvili, money - 10 000 USD and ring, valued for 50 000 GEL. As a result of beating, Valeri Gelashvili suffered grave bodily injuries. As a result, Merabishvili has been sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail according to the absorption principle”, says the statement of the Prosecutor’s Office.It is noteworthy that former President MIkheil Saa
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Ministry of Corrections says Vano Merabishvili has not served enough for early release
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 17:53:00
According to the Ministry of Corrections, former Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs convict Vano Merabishvili has not yet served the term, after which it is possible to allow his early release. Accordingly, the local council of the Ministry of Corrections will not consider Vano Merabishvili’s case at this stage. In addition, the report that a notice on early release was delivered to the convict is not true.According to the Ministry, the duration of term, after which it is possible to allow early release, depends on the category of offense committed by a person. In particular: in case of a less serious offense, the offender must serve at least half of the sentence, in case of a serious offense, the offender must serve at least two thirds of the sentence and in case of a particularly serious offense - no less than three-fourths. After serving the mentioned term, the penitentiary institution's administration is obliged to file a relevant motion with the local council of the Ministry of Corrections and notify the convict of it. 
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Former high-ranking official of MoD detained
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 17:41:00
Megis Kardava, former high-ranking official of Ministry of Defense has been detained in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on the information of First Channel, Kardava was travelling to Ukraine from Turkey and was detained at the border. Kardava was wanted by the Georgian side under Red Notice of Interpol. He is sentenced to imprisonment with 9 year-term in absentia on charge of so-called Navtlughi Special Operation in Tbilisi. 
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New regulation on video penalties takes effect tomorrow
Update Time: 2017-11-01 08:28:00
A new regulation on video penalties will take effect starting November 1, and the so-called smart cameras will also start functioning that will reflect different administrative violations by means of the programs established at the joint operations center.As Georgia’s Interior Ministry informs, special information booklets were prepared by the ministry and patrol police officers provided drivers in Tbilisi as well as in regions with the booklets. The new regulation on execution of video penalties will take effect throughout Georgia. Up to 3000 smart cameras are planned to set in motion till the end of 2017 across Georgia. 
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Armenian citizens detained on charge of non-excise tobacco transportation
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 11:22:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained 2 Armenian citizens on charge of transporting non-excise cigarettes. The total price of confiscated cigarettes is 353 825 GEL. The charge envisages from 6 to 8 years in prison. Investigation into the fact is ongoing.   
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Questions over incident at Nutsubidze Plato remain unanswered
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 20:05:00
Did Patrol Police officers exceed their authorities over the tragic fact that took place at Nutsubidze Plato in Tbilisi on October 25 during which Paata Pavliashvili, 34, died? Many questions circulating over the incident have remained unanswered for the time being.Results of the expertise on corpse of Pavliashvili will become known in about 45 days. Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) does not comment over the incident and says that investigation is being led by Prosecutor’s Office. The family of the deceased man also keeps silence before completion of the ongoing investigation. The tragic fact is also probed into by Georgia’s Public Defender and three non-governmental organizations. Patrol Police officers, who participated in the incident, have already been questioned. Pavliashvili felt bad when law-enforcers were trying to detain him and died before neighbors called First Medical Aid. According to one of the members of the ruling team, there can be recording of cameras attached to patrol police officers during conduction of the detention operation than can serve as evidence. The medical autopsy was conducted in Rustavi town that also caused suspicion. Head of Samkharauli National Forensic Bureau told First Channel that the reason to transfer the corpse to Rustavi was ongoing repair works of an elevator envisaged for lifting dead bodies.
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Appeals Court enforces decision of Mtkheta Regional Court
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 18:12:00
Appeals Court felt in force the decision made by Mtkheta Regional Court on November 25 based on which Tamaz Mechiauri, Leader of “For United Georgia Party” won in Mayoral elections in Tianeti in October 21 local self-governance elections with one vote. Lela Kitesashvili, candidate of Georgian Dream filed a complaint in protest of the decision. Mtskheta Regional Court partially satisfied the lawsuit of International Center of Democratic Initiatives organization. The decree of Election Constituency, which ascribed void election bulletins to Lela Kitesashvili, mayoral candidate of ruling Georgian Dream Party, was annulled. 
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Results of expertise on Paata Pavliashvili’s corpse to become known in 45 days
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 16:10:00
Results of the expertise on corpse of Paata Pavliashvili, 34, who died during the incident at Nutsubidze Descend on October 25, will become known in 45 days. The medical autopsy was conducted in Rustavi town that generated many questions. Head of Samkharauli National Forensic Bureau told First Channel that the reason to transfer the corpse to Rustavi was ongoing repair works of an elevator envisaged for lifting dead bodies. 
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UNM and European Georgia summoning Minister of Internal Affairs to parliament
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 16:10:00
Representatives of United National Movement (UNM) Party and European Georgia demand summing of Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA) to the parliament.Minister is called to provide explanations regarding the October 25 incident at Nutsubidze Descend in Tbilisi. The ruling team accuses minority for trying to stage political show. Results of the expertise on corpse of Paata Pavliashvili, 34, who died during the incident at Nutsubidze Descend on October 25, will become known in 45 days. 
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Appeals Court discussing decision made by Mtkheta Regional Court
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 16:07:00
Appeals Court is discussing the decision made by Mtkheta Regional Court on November 25 based on which Tamaz Mechiauri, Leader of “For United Georgia Party” won in Mayoral elections in Tianeti in October 21 local self-governance elections with one vote. Lela Kitesashvili, candidate of Georgian Dream filed a complaint in protest of the decision. Mtskheta Regional Court partially satisfied the lawsuit of International Center of Democratic Initiatives organization. The decree of Election Constituency, which ascribed void election bulletins to Lela Kitesashvili, mayoral candidate of ruling Georgian Dream Party, was annulled. 
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Rustavi 2 imposed to cover financial liabilities to GPB
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 15:04:00
Tbilisi City Court imposed Rustavi 2 TV Company covering of financial liabilities to Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). Judge Levan Mikaberidze partially satisfied the lawsuit of GPB. Rustavi 2 will have to pay liabilities as per various contracts signed at different times. The rate of penalty for breaching the contract has been reduced based on the court decision. 
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Judge Besik Bugianisgvili called for questioning
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 13:24:00
Besik Bugianishvili, Judge of the so-called Cyanide Case was called for questioning at Prosecutor’s Office today. Bugianishvili arrived at prosecutor’s office together with a secretary of the court to answer questions how the material of the closed trial became public through the media. Bugianishvili said that only judge, secretary, plaintiff and defense sides had access to the confidential information of the sitting’s protocol. 
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Protest at Parliament over Nutsubidze incident
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 12:18:00
A protest was held outside Tbilisi parliament building over the incident at Nutsubidze Descend during which Paata Pavliashvili, 34, died. Police detained one protester Mikheil Kachkachishvili. His trial will be held today. Lawyer Irma Chkadua visited the detainee last night. The charge envisages petty hooliganism. The protesters tried to block Rustaveli Avenue and the situation turned to the tense after police prevented protesters from acting so. 
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Did law enforcers exceed authorities during incident at Nutsubidze Street?
Publish Time: 2017-10-27 12:04:00
Did law enforcers exceed authorities in the incident at Nutsubidze Street during which Paata Pavliashvili, 34, died? Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) does not comment and says that investigation is being led by Prosecutor’s Office. Pavliashvili felt bad before he died when detained on October 25 and neighbors called First Medical Aid. Patrol Police officers who participated in the incident, have already been questioned. 
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