TBILISI, DFWatch–Two people have been detained for allegedly collecting, storing and distributing videos depicting the private lives of people.
The Prosecutor General’s Office confirmed the detentions, and later issued a statement which said that the two are detained for storing and spreading surveillance videos, but not for uploading them to the Internet.
One of the detainees is a former employee of the Constitutional Security Department, which was a powerful body during Saakashvili’s presidency. The background of the other detainee is unknown.
The charges are not yet clear, but it is known that police seized computers and mobile phones from their homes.
According to local media reports, one of the detainees is the father of a well-known Georgian hacker, who was arrested for cybercrime in 2012 and later released on bail.
The Prosecutor General’s Office said the two were detained yesterday. Charges concern illegally distributing videos. The detainees have pleaded not guilty.
Over the last few days, videos were posted on Youtube depicting politicians in sexual situations. The videos were removed by the authorities. The Prosecutor General’s Office announced that the investigation is ongoing and more details will be published soon.
The last video, uploaded on Monday, carried a warning that more videos will be posted showing politicians and journalists.