TBILISI, DFWatch–The Chief Prosecutor of Georgia has resigned, nearly a week after he was targeted by the National Movement party for a robbery conviction in Germany in 2001.
Otar Partskhaladze Monday evening issued a statement saying that due to the questions which have been raised about his biography lately he felt compelled to take people’s opinion into account and resign.
Last week, the National Movement said Partskhaladze was convicted of robbery in Germany in 2001 and demanded to have him removed from office. This came on the heels of a court decision to suspend Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava pending a trial for corruption, a ruling the National Movement claimed was the result of the Prosecutor’s Office putting pressure on the judge.
Partskhaladze confirmed that he had an incident in Germany, but said what he was convicted for was arguing with a policeman.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and the whole government. It was an honor for me to work with them,” Partskhaladze writes.
He has worked at different ministries, also while the National Movement were in government.