Germany delays visa waiver plan again, cites Georgian burglar gangs

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Germany on Wednesday again blocked visa-free access to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens, with reference to police reports that Georgian asylum seekers play an important role in organizing burglaries. After the decision became […]

Shooting incident in Batumi, three wounded

By | September 15th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Three men were wounded in a shooting in Batumi on Friday night. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the incident began as a Russian citizen started shooting at the police. Ministry spokesperson Nino Giorgobiani said on Saturday that the […]

Crime wave is receding, says interior minister

By | December 12th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The interior minister says the crime situation in Georgia now is under control, but remains difficult. Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says criminals have taken advantage of the process of handing over power. “We weren’t able to timely […]

Crime wave hits Georgia due to ‘vacuum’

By | November 29th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s Interior Minister says he is not alarmed by a 50 percent increase in petty crime after the new government came to power, compared to previous months. After the Georgian Dream coalition took over in early October, the National Movement […]

Village head murdered by friend

By | August 28th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The head of a village near Tbilisi has been shot to death. A friend of the victim has admitted to have carried out the crime. The body was found in a forest Monday morning. The suspect says he was drunk and had a quarrel with the victim. After […]

Georgia is to punish hate crimes harder

By | March 7th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia increases its sentencing of hate crimes. A new bill to amend the Criminal Code will make it mandatory for courts to use the maximum sentence if the crime was motivated by racial, linguistic, religious, national or ethnic prejudice. For every […]