Sandro Girgvliani murder

Former President Saakashvili convicted of ‘abuse of power’ by Tbilisi court

By | January 5th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in Georgia on Friday found the country’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili guilty of abuse of power and sentenced him to three years in jail. The sentence, which was passed in absentia, was initially four years, but the term was curtailed due to an amnesty law. […]

Court told ex-president Saakashvili protected Girgvliani’s murderers

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sandro Girgvliani was 28 years old when he was murdered in January, 2006. Irakli Okruashvili. (GPB.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former minister claimed Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili protected several high ranking officials from prosecution as the high-profile trial about the murder of a young bank employee in Georgia eleven years ago continued in Tbilisi on Monday. […]

Controversial appointment of judge to the Appeals Court

By | December 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Levan Murusidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s High Council of Justice on Friday appointed a new judge to the Appeals Court who was criticized as one of the court officials who decided to go easy on of those involved in the murder of a bank employee in 2006. The murder of Sandro Girgvliani […]

Margvelashvili declares 2016 the Year of the European State

By | December 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Guram Girgvliani (right) receiving the Order of Queen Tamar on behalf of his late wife, Irine Enukidze, from President Giorgi Margvelashvili (left). (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday declared 2016 as the Year of the European State. He made the announcement at a ceremony to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of founding of the National Guard. The president said […]

Court allows prosecution’s evidence in Saakashvili trial

By | June 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court has accepted evidence presented by the Prosecutor General’s Office in a criminal case against ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. The former leader was charged last November in a case that concerns the murder of a bank employee […]

Oleg Melnikov released

By | December 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Oleg Melnikov. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former officer in Georgia’s domestic intelligence who was involved in the 2006 murder of Sandro Girgvliani has beenreleased from prison. Oleg Melnikov, formerly an officer of the Constitutional Security Department or ‘Kudi’, was released […]

Saakashvili charged in case he considered ‘black stain’ on his reputation

By | November 27th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Mikheil Saakashvili considered the Girgvliani case a ‘black stain’ on the history of his time in power. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–New charges were brought against former Georgian President Mikheil Saakasvhili on Thursday, related to the murder of a bank employee in 2006. The investigation into the Sandro Girgvilani murder, which Saakashvili has called the ‘a black stain’ […]

Merabishvili gets three years in jail for Girgvliani murder

By | October 20th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Vano Merabishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian interior minister Vano Merabishvili was Monday sentenced to three years in jail for involvement in the cover-up of the murder of a bank employee in 2006. Tbilisi City Court found the former minister guilty and also prohibited him from […]

Decision in Girgvliani trial expected in two weeks

By | September 24th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili is one of the defendants in the trial. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A verdict in one Georgia’s most controversial murder cases is expected two weeks from now, with a former interior minister as one of the defendants. The defense made its closing remarks in Tbilisi City Court Wednesday in the trial about the murder […]

Suspect in Girgvliani murder avoids jail time after plea deal

By | August 26th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Oleg Melnikov may soon leave jail as a result of a plea deal. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A court in Tbilisi has offered one of the suspects in the Girgvliani murder a plea bargain, after he pleaded guilty more than a week ago. Oleg Melnikov, former Interior Ministry official, recently admitted guilt in the murder of Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. […]

Suspect in Girgvliani case pleads guilty

By | August 12th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Oleg Melnikov said Saakashvili and higher officials decided to cover up the murder. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former government official in Georgia has pleaded guilty in the murder of bank employee Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. The 28-year old Girgvliani was brutally murdered after a scuffle at a cafe in Tbilisi, during a birthday party for an Interior Ministry […]

Ukraine extradites former official to Georgia

By | September 22nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Oleg Melnikov. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Ukraine has extradited a former Georgian Interior Ministry official to Georgia. Oleg Melnikov was brought to Georgia Saturday morning. He was detained ten months ago in Ukraine after being subject to an Interpol search. Melnikov is charged with […]

Witness in Girgvliani case suspended as priest

By | August 21st, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mikael Botkoveli, head of the press office at the Patriarchate. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Church, the Patriarchate, has suspended a priest who recently claimed that the Prosecutor’s Office pressured him to give testimony against former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia. Mikael Botkoveli, head of the press office at […]

Georgian hospitalized in Athens, beaten while awaiting extradition

By | August 21st, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Davit Chkhitunidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian man is in hospital in a serious condition after being beaten while in detention awaiting his extradition to his home country. The man, Davit Chkhitunidze, was detained at Athens airport on August 14 as he was preparing to fly to Turkey, […]

Bacho Akhalaia to be questioned about Girgvliani murder

By | August 17th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Bacho Akhalaia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Law enforcers are considering another charge against former Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia and want to question him about the murder of Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. Tbilisi Prosecutor Maya Mtsariashvili told journalists that in the course of the […]

New charges against escaped intelligence chief

By | July 2nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Former head of “Kudi”, Data Akhalaia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia Monday introduced new charges against a former head of the domestic intelligence agency Kudi that deals with one of the most controversial murder cases in the country’s history. Data Akhalaia, former chairman […]

One further ex-official detained for Girgvliani murder

By | June 26th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have detained a fifth person in one of the most controversial cases during the previous government, Sandro Girgvliani’s murder. The Prosecutor’s Office says it has been unknown until quite recently that Tamaz Kokiashvili […]

Merabishvili ‘connected’ to controversial 2006 killing

By | March 13th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Vano Merabishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s chief prosecutor and justice minister claim that the long time former interior minister Vano Merabishvili was implicated in the killing of Sandro Girgvliani, a controversial murder committed by the police in 2006. Chief Prosecutor Archil […]

Saakashvili: Girgvliani case ‘a black stain’

By | February 9th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Saakashvili says the Girgvliani case is ‘a black stain’ for him which he feels partly responsible for. After the televised state to the nation speech, which eventually ended up being held at his residence, the president invited journalists from […]

Another witness questioned in Girgvliani case: minister’s wife

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

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has questioned the wife of the former interior minister regarding a case of beating of policemen. This is a case in which former officials in the Interior Ministry have been charged. Tako Salakaia, wife of […]