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Broad investigation of Tbilisi City Hall

by | Nov 28, 2012

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava, who has called the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili a 'dictatorship', is under investigation by police, prosecutors and the finance ministry for possible corruption. (IPN.)

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian investigators are preparing a massive check-up of seven departments in the Tbilisi City Hall system.

The press office of City Hall says an investigation has been launched at three different bodies: the Finance Ministry, Interior Ministry and Prosecutor’s Office.

“On this motive with a goal to gain documentation and explanations, investigative bodies entered Tbilisi City Hall department,” the statement says.

The departments to be scrutinized are Tbilisi City Hall administration, improvement service, service of municipal purchasing, architect service, rehabilitation fund and development of the old city, fund of Tbilisi development and Tbilservice Group Ltd.

The mayor of Tbilisi represents the National Movement party and is the only mayor who has been elected directly. He was elected in 2010, and his term ends in 2014.

Mayor Gigi Ugulava has described the government of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili as a ‘dictatorship’ in local news outlets, in response to other criminal cases brought against his fellow party members. National Movement representatives claim that the check-up of City Hall is politically motivated, but others argue that Gigi Ugulava is personally involved in a number of cases related to corruption and unreasonable spending.

The new government claims that those cases are under review; that’s why the mayor’s bodies are being checked.



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