The Georgian authorities did not inform British police of tapes they had recovered indicating a 2007 plot to assassinate businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili in Britain, OC Media has learnt. [Read more…]
The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has charged four former security service officials for planning to murder businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili in England. Suggestions by investigators that the killing was ordered by former President Mikheil Saakashvili come as the government is embroiled in scandal over secret recordings implicating them in pressuring businesses, kidnapping, and torture.
The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has released a taped conversation allegedly of former senior official Mirza Subeliani in which he contradicts earlier claims of torture and abuse in Georgian law enforcement. Critics have pointed to inconsistencies in the new tape and there has been widespread speculation it was staged.
A former official on trial for ‘compromising’ the Khorava Street murder investigation has threatened to release incriminating recordings of senior officials which he claimed could bring down the government, Rustavi 2 has reported. [Read more…]
A court in Georgia has ordered local authorities in Kobuleti to provide water and sewage connections to a Muslim boarding school. The local mayor’s office had argued they could not do so because of ‘objections from neighbours’ leading to the school remaining closed.
Georgia’s State Audit Office will look into donations for presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili after a doctor who contributed ₾20,000 ($7,600) to her campaign said he would not vote for her. Several doctors at the Chachava and Ghudushauri clinics in Tbilisi have told the media that hospital administrators used their bank accounts to make donations to Zurabishvili. [Read more…]
A number of leaders in the ruling Georgian Dream Party have lashed out at the country’s non-governmental sector over their criticism of the government’s handling of the Omega tapes scandal. Fifteen prominent NGOs have joined together to demand action over the secret recordings, labelling them a ‘clear sign of grand corruption and informal clan rule in Georgia’.
Since the 1990s, thousands of Georgians have left home in search of opportunities abroad, pushed out by food poverty, debts, unemployment, or to escape violence in the family. Below are stories from three women who braved landmines, hidden containers, and frozen seas in search for a better future in Greece. [Read more…]