- Gelashvili`s case investigated
The main prosecutor’s office of Georgia has opened the crime committed nine years ago - the assault on businessman and former MP Valeri Gelashvili.
Prosecutor`s Office has released a special statement, in which the details of the crime are reported.
`Erekle Kodua, former director of the special operative department of MIA and Gia Siradze, the head of one of the offices of the department, have been charged in absentia for the fact of assault and illegal obtaining of fire gun in ownership of Valeri Gelashvili, by the manner of job power abuses.
The investigation cleared out that on June 29, 2005 interview with Valeri Gelashvili was published in a newspaper “Resonansi”. The respondent talked about details of personal life and construction of residence of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. Due the fact, Erekle Kodua, Director of Special Operative Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, by participation of fighters of special department planned and organized criminal action, which aimed physical beating of Valeri Gelashvili, member of the Parliament of Georgia. In addition, Erekle Kodua ordered Giorgi Siradze, Head of one of the offices of the special operative department to guide the persons participating in the criminal. According to the plan adopted by Erekle Kodua, members of special operative department should severely beat Valeri Gelashvili and obtain all the things and documents with him and in his car.
On July 14, 2005, according to the advanced defined plan, fighters of special operative department blocked the auto car driven by Valeri Gelashvili, running on the left embankment of riv. Mtkvari and as a result, attacked Valeri Gelashvili and accompanied persons. As ordered by Erekle Kodua and guided by Gia Siradze, fighters of special operative department, by force took Valeri Gelashvili and accompanied persons out of the vehicle and immediately started to beat severely, using butts, as well they beat member of his security, Malkhaz Tskhakaia.
In addition, a special forces acting by the instruction of Erekle Kodua with the threat to life and health , illegally misappropriated Valeri Gelashvili’s "Heckler Koch" - firearm being under his legal possession. They falso kidnapped various items from Valeri Gelashvili’s car.
Following the criminal attack organized by Erekle Kodua, Valeri Gealshvili got the brain injury, multiple fractures of facial bones , the wound on the nose and forehead , as well as the upper and lower jaw bones . Mentioned action committed by Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze led to the violation of the lawful interests of the state and the rights of individuals.
Investigation to identify other persons involved in the crime against MP Valeri Gealshvili is being proceeded.
Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze are found guilty according to Criminal Code of Georgia - Article 237 Part 4 and Article 333 Part 3, which provides for punishment of imprisonment for a term of ten to fourteen years,` the statement says.
- Prime Minister met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
Prime Minister of Georgia hosted the United Stated Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia. Irakli Garibashvili thanked Thomas Melia for the U.S. support to Georgia.
In his turn, the U.S. diplomat reiterated that the United States of America remains committed to Georgia, as a prosperous, stable, independent, democratic and economically strong country.
The working dinner was attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaniani, the Deputy Head of the Government Administration of Georgia Nino Kobakhidze, Assistant to the Prime Minister for Human Rights Tamar Chugoshvili and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland.
- Georgia`s occupied region is in the list of the countries offered by Google Voice
Google`s telecommunications service the Google Voice has included Georgia`s breakaway region of Abkhazia in the list of the countries. Google Voice was launched in 2009 and has several millions of users throughout the world. The occupied region of Abkhazia is the first in the list of the countries, where the service is available.
However, the other breakaway region of Georgia, South Ossetia, is not in the Google Voice service list.
The officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality say they are trying to clarify the details before making official statement regarding this fact.
- Murder suspect arrested
Police have arrested a person suspected of murdering a 72 year-old seller at one of the markets in the Orkhevi district of Tbilisi. The police are reporting that the man had a dispute with the old woman, who worked at the local market as a seller. The man stabbed the woman with a knife and inflicted several lethal injuries to her. The woman was dead when the emergency ambulance arrived.
The police arrested the suspect in a few hours after the crime. Police say the man was drunk. The man has been charged with premeditated murder.
- President Margvelashvili meets with French and German Foreign Ministers
The President of Georgia has held meeting with the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany. Giorgi Margvelashvili, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed the most topical issues for Georgia, including the process of integration into the NATO and the European Union, the details of signing EU Association Agreement and its following action plan.
The President and the European Ministers have also discussed regional issues and focused on the current developments in Ukraine as well as the factors of Russia`s influence on the regional policy. One of the issues discussed at the meeting was the enhancement of Georgia`s cooperation with France and Germany.
At today`s meeting, the European diplomats reaffirmed steadfast support to Georgia.
- The President of Georgia leaves for Prague
The President of Georgia has left for Prague, the Czech Republic to participate in the summit dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. On April 25th, at the conference entitled "Eastern Partnership Five Years Later: Time for a New Strategy?" the Head of the State will deliver a speech before the participants of the forum.
Within the visit to Prague, President Margvelashvili will hold meetings with all participant leaders.
The summit will last two days and the President of the host country, the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of Austria Heinz Fischer, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and other leaders will participate in it.
The Eastern Partnership Initiative was first announced at the Eastern Neighborhood Summit in Prague in 2009. Eastern Partnership countries are Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus.
- Fugitive ex-official asks political asylum in Europe
Fugitive ex-chief of the constitutional security department, Data Akhalaia, has surrendered to the law enforcers in Greece - his sister-in-law Ani Nadareishvili has reported. According to her, Akhalaia asked for political asylum and reportedly, he has been granted it by the Greek government.
Ani Nadareishvili has explained the decision of her brother-in-law by a political pressure on their family.
`As our family is subjected to intensive political persecution, each member of our family suffers unprecedented pressure from the current government of Georgia, Data Akhalaia has asked for a political asylum to one of the European countries,` Nadareishvili has said.
- Deputy Foreign Minister downplays Saakashvili`s statement
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani has downplayed the statements made by the ex-president Saakashvili yesterday. In a live video conference held at the opening of the library opened by the Saakashvili Presidential Fund on Tuesday, Mikheil Saakashvili accused Georgian government of ignoring the recommendations of the United States on suspending persecutions against him.
`This is a very unserious statement. Sadly, the former president has identified himself with the process of Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic integration. I was attending all meetings of the Prime Minister in the United States and I can convince you that Saakashvili`s name was not even mentioned there. Georgia stands very firmly on its course of Euro-Atlantic integration; all visits of the Prime Minister were exceedingly successful. Such things did not happen there and it is just a fruit of Saakashvili`s fantasy,` Davit Zalkaliani said.
- Awarding Ceremony of 31st Battalion
An award ceremony for the military servicemen of the 31st Battalion was held on the camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Chief of General Staff of GAF, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze rewarded Georgian military participating in ISAF international mission with the service medals of Defence Ministry.
Three soldiers were granted with medals “Military Courage” for bravery and courageous service. Major-General awarded three military servicemen with the medal Devoted to Homeland for their contribution in strengthening defence capabilities. Medal of Honor was bestowed on two Georgian officers for their honorable service.
31st Battalion of III Infantry Brigade of GAF were performing full spectrum of operations during 7 months side by side with the U.S Marines. 23rd Battalion of II Infantry Brigade will replace 31st Battalion.
- Prime Minister`s new initiative
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili has voiced a new initiative on making manufacturing an obligatory subject of the curriculum at Georgia`s public schools. The strategic document entitled Create your Future has been prepared by the Ministry of Education under the instruction by the Prime Minister.
According to the strategy, it will be a trial project primarily and will be included in the curriculum of 100 public schools in 2014-2015 academic years. Manufacturing has been so far an optional subject, but now it will become mandatory in the XI form, two classes a week.