Former deputy interior minister and three more former Georgian officials have been nominated on high positions in Ukaraine Justice Ministry and will officially be appointed immediately after getting Ukrainian citizenship.
All of them have already applied for Ukrainian citizenship that is a requirement for appointment by the Ukraine law and will probably get it after a special presidential commission that grants citizenship to foreign nationals announces its decision.
Pavlo Petrenko, Ukraine’s justice minister, who announced the nominations during a press conference on Wednesday, said he hoped the commission’s decision would be positive.
Among the nominees are Gia Getsadze, former deputy interior minister and former governor of Imereti region in western Georgia, Jambul (Jaba) Ebanoidze, former head of the revenue service and Khatia Shelia and Giorgi Tsiklauri, both holding various leading positions in the Georgian Justice Ministry under Mikheil Saakashvili government.
Gia Getsadze, who is nominated for the position of the first deputy justice minister in charge of fighting corruption, was elected as a dean of the law faculty at Ilia University in Tbilisi in July, 2014. He is also a founder partner of the private law firm, Getsadze & Pateishvili. He served as a deputy justice minister in 2003, Imereti governor in 2004 and the deputy interior minister in 2004-5, before leaving public politics for years.