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Activists Strike Tents in Front of the Parliament

Despite police opposition, a group of civic activists have struck tents in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi in solidarity with Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered in Tbilisi in December 2017 in Khorava street murder case, and Malkhaz Machalikashvili, father of terror-related case suspect who …

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Man Arrested over Teen Murder Case Released in Plea Deal

Merab Morchadze, who was arrested in June in connection with the controversial Khorava street murder case and sentenced by Tbilisi City Court to two years in prison on November 9, was released from the courtroom after the court approved a plea bargain deal between him and the prosecution. The court …

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Zaza Saralidze Arrested After Confrontation with Police

Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered in the controversial Khorava Street stabbing last December 2017, was arrested today on charges of assaulting a police officer. Saralidze, who has been rallying outside the Parliament building in Tbilisi for several weeks, was apprehended following his attempts to erect a …

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Key Participant in Case-Fixing Tapes Attempts Suicide

Mirza Subeliani, a former official in the Prosecutor’s Office, who had implicated senior Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) officials in case-fixing and other criminal offenses, attempted suicide late on October 15, the Penitentiary Service reported on October 16. Who is Mirza Subeliani? Mirza Subeliani, a former employee of the Prosecutor’s Office, was …

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Covert Recording Implicates Officials in Case-Fixing

Rustavi 2 TV, one of the two most-watched television stations in Georgia, aired on October 14 a covertly recorded audio tape of what appears to be a conversation of inmate Mirza Subeliani with the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) MP Viktor Japaridze and Davit Tsukhishvili, a former official in the …

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Parliament Approves Teen Murder Case Resolution

Following two days of parliamentary debates, the lawmakers approved on September 21 with 73 votes to one a resolution on the controversial teen murder case in Tbilisi, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death. The resolution was drafted by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party. At …

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Opposition, Ruling MPs Diverge on Teen Murder Probe Report

The interim parliamentary commission leading the probe into the investigation of the controversial teen murder in Tbilisi, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death, concluded its three-month work on September 5. Two conclusions were presented at the final commission sitting yesterday – one by the opposition …

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One More Person Arrested over Teen Murder Case

One more person was arrested on charges of perjury in connection with the controversial Khorava street incident last December, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death. In a statement released on July 19, the Interior Ministry said D.G., who witnessed the Khorava street …

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Parliament Confirms New Chief Prosecutor

Shalva Tadumadze has been confirmed by the Parliament as new Chief Prosecutor of Georgia for a six-year term. Tadumadze, who served as the Head of the Government’s Administration, was approved with 101 votes to 2 on July 16. The vote today was preceded by the legal affairs committee hearing, where Tadumadze spoke of his reform priorities and …

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Three Candidates Shortlisted for Chief Prosecutor

The Ministry of Justice has shortlisted three candidates for a vacant position of the Chief Prosecutor and submitted the list to the Prosecutorial Council, which will now have to select a single candidate for the position. The three shortlisted candidates are: Nino Gogniashvili, Assistant Professor at Tbilisi State University, Shalva Tadumadze, …

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18 Candidates Nominated for Chief Prosecutor

Eighteen candidates have been nominated for the Chief Prosecutor, including Shalva Tadumadze, the newly appointed Head of the Government’s Administration (nominated by the Tbilisi State University), and Shalva Shavgulidze of the Free Democrats, named by the European Georgia, an opposition party in the Parliament. Other candidates are: Paata Shavadze; Zurab Jorbenadze; Gia …

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Activists Call to Suspend Chief Prosecutor Selection, Pending Reform

A group of around 40 civil society organizations united in the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary called for suspending the process of selecting a new chief prosecutor pending reforms in the Prosecutorial Council. Speaking at a press conference on July 3, the local civil society organizations, among them …

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CSOs Call for New Rules in Chief Prosecutor’s Appointment

A group of around 40 civil society organizations united in the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary call for reforming the “deficient rules” of chief prosecutor’s selection and urge the authorities to suspend the ongoing selection process led by Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani before fundamentally reforming the appointment procedures. …

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Amnesty International: Criminal Justice System Reform Necessary

“Reform of the country’s criminal justice system, including the creation of an independent mechanism to investigate alleged human rights violations by police, should be the top priority of Georgia’s new government,” according to the Amnesty International, London-based international human rights organization. The three-page public statement, released on June 18, draws …

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Teen Murder Victim’s Father Temporarily Suspends Protests

Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered last December, decided to temporarily suspend the solidarity rallies held in front of the old Parliament building in Tbilisi since May 31. Saralidze announced the decision yesterday, following his meeting with members of the teen murder probe commission, saying small-scale rallies …

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Two Persons Arrested over Teen Murder Case

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the controversial Khorava street incident last December, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death. Mirza Subeliani and Merab Morchadze were arrested on charges of failure to report crime and exertion of influence on a …

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Fifty CSOs Call for Timely Probe into Teen Murder Case

A group of fifty civil society organizations united in the Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expressed “extreme concern” over the developments around the teen murder case, and called on the Interior Ministry to finalize the investigation in due time and bring the perpetrators to justice. …

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Parliament Approves Teen Murder Probe Commission

The Parliament of Georgia approved at its special sitting today the 17-member interim commission that will probe into the controversial Khorava street incident last December, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death. The opposition European Georgia party will have the majority representation …

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European Georgia to Lead Parliamentary Probe into Teen Murder Case

The opposition European Georgia party will have the majority representation in the interim parliamentary commission established to probe into the controversial Khorava street incident last December, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death. Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, who held talks with the opposition lawmakers …

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