Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili (left), Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Gharibashvili. (DFWatch photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–In Georgia the Ivanishvili government will consider halting the prosecution of former government officials as part of an initiative by the prime minister to bring about reconciliation.

But Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili made it clear that the conciliatory move is aimed at those officials who were ‘victims of the system’, and that the offer will not be extended to people who have committed serious crimes and those involved in controversial cases like the murder of Sandro Girgvliani or Buta Robakidze.

“Naming the cases of Girgvliani, Robakidze or others will take us far and it is impossible to forgive anyone, or if we are dealing with the embezzlement of millions in state property. But to people who have been victims of the system, we say we are ready to forgive them,” he said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s initiative involves preparing ‘Universal Reconciliation Document’ for former government officials. Parliament will start reviewing the draft from the summer plenary sessions.