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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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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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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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Police Arrests Protesters on Rustaveli Avenue

Police officers have detained several participants of a protest rally outside the old Parliament building in Tbilisi, held in solidarity with Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered last December. Several persons were arrested as a result of the incident, including MP Nika Melia of the United National …

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Protesters Rally in Support of Saralidze, Machalikashvili

A protest rally was held outside the old Parliament building in Tbilisi on June 10 in solidarity with Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered last December. The protesters, most of them opposition party activists, gathered outside the Parliament building at 4 pm, but their number was significantly smaller …

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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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CSOs Demand Justice Minister’s Resignation

A group of prominent civil society organizations said they would not participate in the consultations on selecting a new Chief Prosecutor and demanded Justice Minister’s resignation. The group, including Open Society Georgia Foundation, Transparency International Georgia, Georgian Young Lawyers Association, Human Rights Center, Georgian Democracy Initiative, and Human Rights Monitoring …

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PM Kvirikashvili Meets Saralidze, Machalikashvili

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia met yesterday with Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered in Tbilisi in December 2017, as well as with Malkhaz Machalikashvili, father of terror-related case suspect who was shot during the State Security Service (SSS) operation on December 26 last year and succumbed to …

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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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Protests Lose Focus after Competing Solidarity Rallies

Protests in solidarity to Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered in December 2017, seemed to have lost focus and momentum after two competing solidarity rallies were held in Tbilisi. The rally on Rustaveli avenue was announced as a continuation of protests that were launched on 31 May. …

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