TBILISI, DFWatch — An investigation may be launched against the former parliament speaker in Georgia.
Koba Davitashvili, who represents the majority in parliament, demands an investigation against Davit Bakradze, the former parliament speaker in the previous period.
Davitashvili claims that Bakradze purposefully damage the parliament building.
Following a decision by President Saakashvili, the constitution was amended and the location for parliament was changed from Tbilisi to Kutaisi, the second largest city after the capital. After the parliamentary election on October 1, the new assembly has been functioning in Kutaisi.
But the former parliament building was started being demolished before the election, therefore before the new constitution’s regulation was in force. The session hall is demolished, as well as the two halls where committee sessions were held. But there is no document about demolishment of those halls, and there is only information that they were demolished on verbal order of the former parliament speaker.
Koba Davitashvili, who represents the new government, says this is violation of law, as state property was purposefully damaged, and an investigation should be launched.
“I don’t think status of minority leader should help Mr Bakradze not to be investigated for this case, as on his personal orders, state property was damaged. I raise this issue and this is not a political persecution. When a Parliament Speaker gives a verbal order to destroy a hall and there are testimonies about it, an investigation is necessary. But I suspect it wasn’t an order coming just from Bakradze, but from the upper levels,” he said.
The prosecutor’s office do not yet comment on this issue.