detention of intelligence officers Nov 2012

Akhalaia expected in court today

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court today holds pretrial hearing in the case against Saakashvili loyalist Bacho Akhalaia and other former government officials. The hearing has been rescheduled several times on request by the Chief Prosecutor. Wednesday’s hearings […]

Justice Minister in doubt about charges against ex-official

By | December 3rd, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The court released a former interior ministry official on bail until the trial, in the most controversial case among the recent detentions. Tengiz Gunava on Sunday was sentenced to pay USD 6 000 bail. First he was detained for illegal possession […]

Editorial in the Post leads to controversy in Georgia

By | December 2nd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — An editorial comment published by the Washington Post has caused great controversy in Georgia. “The magnate-turned-prime minister said last week that his first official visit to the United States had been postponed, which is a good thing. […]

Ex-official detained a second time

By | November 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A former Interior Ministry official who was recently detained, but let out on bail, has again been detained. Tengiz Gunava, former chair of General Inspection at the Interior Ministry after Bacho Akhalaia was appointed as minister, was called […]

Four intelligence personnel released on bail

By | November 23rd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Appeals Court released four out of ten employees of the Constitutional Security Department of the Interior Ministry from pretrial detention on Thursday evening. All of them left prison at about 04:00 in the morning. November 15, ten employees […]

Saakashvili compares Ivanishvili with Robespierre

By | November 21st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — President Mikheil Saakashvili calls on the new government to start fulfilling its election promises and stop vengeance, comparing Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili with the French revolutionary leader Maximilien de Robespierre. He drew attention […]

Prosecutor preparing further detentions

By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — “There is no official whose name is not present in the prosecutor’s office’s database,” says Georgia’s chief prosecutor, but he avoids revealing who might be detained next in the near future. Archil Kbilashvili made this statement after […]

Former interior ministry top denied bail

By | November 18th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Former Deputy Interior Minister Shota Khizanishvili was on Sunday given pre-trial detention until the start of the court case on December 28. Khizanishvili, who is currently Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi, was detained November 15 for abuse of powers […]

Ten intelligence officers jailed for 55 days

By | November 17th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Ten of the intelligence officers who were detained Friday have been sentenced to preliminary detention by Tbilisi City Court and were denied bail. November 15, eleven employees of the constitutional security department (CSD) of the interior ministry […]

Saakashvili heavyweights weigh in on detentions

By | November 17th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The long serving interior minister in Georgia has weighed in on the prosecution of his former deputy. Vano Merabishvili, the powerful and feared former interior minister who last summer became prime minister, and after losing the parliamentary […]

Georgian intelligence accused of political interference

By | November 16th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Intelligence officers detained yesterday are accused of using computer viruses to record audio and video of opposition groups, and blackmailing a man to record a prepared statement on video and upload it to Youtube. Former officials of the […]

Georgia opens sweeping case against domestic intelligence

By | November 16th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Prosecutors in Georgia have detained twelve former and current mostly intelligence officers and accused them of kidnapping, unjustified interrogations, abuse of powers, intrusion on privacy and intentional damage to property. Eleven out of the […]