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Penitentiary Service Denies Reports that Subeliani was Beaten

The Special Penitentiary Service, an agency in charge of the country’s prison facilities, has denied reports that Mirza Subeliani, a former Prosecution Office official, who has implicated senior Georgian Dream officials in case-fixing and other criminal offenses, was beaten. Reports that Subeliani was physically assaulted emerged late on October 18. …

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GDDG Politicians Say Opposition Wants to ‘Destabilize’ Elections

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party politicians claim the opposition wants to “destabilize” the situation ahead of the October 28 presidential elections. The authorities stress the recently released recordings, which implicate senior GDDG in case-fixing and other offenses, are “provocations” plotted by the United National Movement (UNM). Speaking to …

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Subeliani Tapes Scandal: A Summary

Series of recordings made in prison and involving the former Prosecution Office official, Mirza Subeliani, is developing into a major scandal, affecting the ongoing Presidential campaign, but also bringing into focus what seem to series of flaws in governance by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG). Below is the summary …

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Speaker Slams UNM, Rustavi 2 for ‘Brainwashing Campaign’

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, who has emerged as the leading campaigner for the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, slammed the opposition United National Movement for carrying out a “brainwashing, propaganda campaign.” Kobakhidze made the statement at a press briefing on October 16, a day after Rustavi 2 TV, a national broadcaster …

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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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President Wants Government Session over Covert Recordings

President Giorgi Margvelashvili has formally asked the Government to hold a meeting with his participation to deliberate on “effective functioning of state institutions and protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms.” The President made the announcement during his press briefing today. Margvelashvili’s request comes after a set of covert recordings were …

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Georgian Dream, Opposition Politicians on Subeliani Tape

Rustavi 2 TV aired on October 14 a covertly recorded audio tape of what appears to be a conversation of inmate Mirza Subeliani with MP Viktor Japaridze of the ruling Georgian Dream party and Davit Tsukhishvili, a former official in the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons. The recording implicates senior officials in case-fixing …

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Prosecution: Subeliani Recordings Obtained through Coercion, Possibly Staged

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office announced today that the recently-released audio recording implicating high-ranking Georgian Dream officials in case-fixing, was obtained from an employee of the prison facility through coercion. In a statement released on October 15, the Prosecutor’s Office said an inquiry into the recordings was launched on October 12 …

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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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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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Protesters Demand Fair Investigation of Teen Murder Case

Several thousand protesters rallied in front of the old parliament building in Tbilisi on May 27, demanding fair investigation over the murder of two teens last December. The two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – were stabbed to death in a fight of about fifteen high school …

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