CHAIRMAN OF THE PARLIAMENT VISITED MIA BORDER POLICE
The Chairman of the Parliament, Mr. Shalva Papuashvili, with the members of the Parliament visited Georgian Border Police’s Border Sector ,,Sameba” (Akhaltsikhe Division).
Head of the Georgian Border Police, General-Major Nikoloz Sharadze and Deputy Head of Border Police, Colonel Gocha Janjgava hosted the Guests.
During the meeting General-Major Nikoloz Sharadze discussed the priorities, activities and ongoing projects of the Georgian Border Police and introduced the local border infrastructure to the delegation.
The Governor of Samtskhe – Javakheti and the representatives of the local government were attended the meeting as well.
MIA BORDER POLICE
VIDEO-POLICE ARRESTED 1 PERSON FOR THE ATTACK ON THE ”BANK OF GEORGIA” BRANCH IN KUTAISI
The Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested one person, G.N. (DoB 1985) for attacking one of the branches of "Bank of Georgia” in Kutaisi as well as for committing a terrorist act, taking hostages for terrorism purposes, and illegal purchase, storage, and carrying of ammunition.
As a result of operational-investigative activities it was established that an armed person broke into the branch of "Bank of Georgia" located on Shota Rustaveli Avenue in Kutaisi and took 14 people as hostages to get a large amount of cash as ransom.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs gradually released all hostages, which was followed by detention of the attacker on the spot as a suspect. No one was injured as a result of the incident.
The case is being investigated under Articles 236, 323 and 329 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
THE SPEAKER SIGNED THE DRAFT CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL CODE OF PRACTICE
“There are no legal or expediency arguments that can impede the enactment of the hereof Law and hence, I signed the Law”, - the Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili stated at the extraordinary briefing speaking about the process of the development of the Law and the Presidential veto.
He underlined that similar to Mme. Zourabichvili, who had no legal remarks concerning the Law, nor Venice Commission detected incompliance of the draft with the ECHR standards.
“As you may know, the President used her right of veto to the hereof Law on June 23, calling it a political veto and thus, underlining the fact of absence of the legal remarks towards it, however, she considered the adoption thereof as politically inexpedient due to the criticism by certain groups concerning the pace of the consideration of the hereof Law and the engagement of the parties concerned. Subsequently, the President addressed the Venice Commission appealing to provide their opinions regarding the Law. On August 26, the Venice Commission promulgated its opinions regarding the Law. Similarly to the Presidential veto, the Venice Commission failed to detect any contradictions to the European or international standards on human rights. At that, Venice Commission, based on their interviews with certain actors in Georgia, reiterated the opinion about the pace of the adoption of the Law and the engagement of the parties concerned. I hereby provide the perception, which has been unfortunately attempted to establish towards the hereof Law”, - he stated.
As the Speaker elucidated, the initiators have not required expedited consideration of the draft initiated on April 13, 2022, and hence, the draft has been under standard consideration procedure.
“Moreover, providing the particular interest to the Draft and based on the appeal of our partners, the consideration has been extended for 3 weeks. Eventually, the Parliament adopted the Law with the III reading in 2 months upon the initiation and providing the overcoming of veto, the Law has been adopted in 5 months, which has nothing in common with an expedited manner; All relevant state agencies, all NGOs concerned, and all international actors have been engaged in the initial consideration so in the overcoming of veto. The Draft has been under consideration not only in the Committees but at the Working Group meetings, including with the EU experts online. Every party enjoyed the opportunity and enough time to submit their contextual remarks concerning the incompliance of the Draft with any of the European or international human rights standards. You can find zero groups concerned capable of stating that despite their will to participate in the consideration, they lacked this opportunity, which has nothing in common with non-inclusiveness”.
The Speaker underlined that even 5 months after the initiation of the draft, no contextual remarks have been made that could put the compliance of the draft with any human rights standards under doubt. “On the contrary, the discussions with the local groups concerned or the international actors revealed that the hereof Law is in full compliance with the practice of the European Court of Human Rights. The consideration of the veto confirmed the absence of the answer to the reiterated question to specify the human rights standard that the hereof Law is in breach thereto”, - he noted.
The only opinion expressed concerns the expediency of the adoption of the Law, he added: “pursuant to Article 36 of the Constitution of Georgia, the Parliament is the supreme legislative body determining various directions of state politics, including the creation of the respective legal base in view of the higher efficiency of investigative actions. Hence, the issue of expediency of the adoption of the Laws is attributed to the exclusive competence of the Parliament. In sum, it took 5 months in the Parliament to discuss the hereof issue and on September 6, the Parliament ultimately confirmed its decision. Thus, there are no legal or expediency arguments that can impede the enactment of the hereof Law and hence, I signed the Law”.
X CONVOCATION PARLIAMENT OPENS AUTUMN SESSION WITH STATE ANTHEM
Georgia's national anthem was played as the tenth convocation of Parliament opened the autumn session. According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, the Speaker of the Parliament, greeted the lawmakers at the start of the session.
"We are commencing the autumn session, and I want to start by wishing you everyone a productive session. We have a full schedule, so it's crucial that you all participate fully in the work and that we complete this meeting with as many decisions that will be beneficial as possible.
At the same time, I'd like to extend a greeting and best wishes for a fruitful and engaging session to the parliamentary media. We wish to work with you since comprehensive coverage of the Parliament's actions is highly essential to us", - Shalva Papuashvili addressed to his colleagues and journalists.
The Parliament convenes twice a year, in the spring and autumn sessions. The first Tuesday in September marks the beginning of the autumn session, which ends on the third Friday in December.
THE U.S. AMBASSADOR VISITED MTSKHETA-MTIANETI POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia, Kelly C. Degnan, visited Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. The Director of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department, Davit Tamazashvili, together with the deputy directors hosted the U.S. Ambassador.Within the framework of the introductory meeting, Davit Tamazashvili provided guests with the detailed information about the activities of the department. The parties discussed issues related to existing challenges in the sphere of fight against crime and capacity building of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department.The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America expressed her gratitude to the director of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department for the close cooperation and expressed readiness for future collaboration.The representatives of the Regional Security Office of the U.S. Embassy to Georgia also attended the meeting.Source: Police.ge
WORKING GROUP ON JUDICIAL REFORM RECONCILING TWO ISSUES
The Working Group at the Legal Issues Committee working on the judicial reform held a sitting with the agenda containing four issues.
According to the Chair of the Committee and the Head of the Group, Anri Okhanashvili, the Group has reconciled the positions on two issues.
“The first issue we discussed was the improvement of transparency of the election on the non-judicial members to the High Council of Justice. As we agreed, it is expedient for the election of the non-judicial members by the Parliament to make a certain record in the Rules of Procedure to ensure higher transparency and inclusiveness of the process. We agreed on yet another issue, envisaging the Conference of the Judges to, upon the election of the judicial members to the High Council of Justice, enjoy the opportunity to hear the positions of the candidates”, - he noted, adding that two out of four issues of the agenda were left unreconciled and postponed for further consideration.
“These two issues concern the election of the judicial or non-judicial members to the High Council of Justice twice in a row. The regulation, restricting the Council member to apply for the competition for the second term, has been modified since we considered it expedient to annul the restrictions for the persons with respective professional experience and skills. We failed to reconcile our positions on these two issues. Our position is that Venice Commission never mentioned that this rule shall be revised into the previous version, prohibiting the election with the second term in a row; while the civil society believes this to be true, though providing the context, it is expedient to revise this issue. We also failed to reconcile on the issue that the members of the High Council of Justice are allowed to at the same time be the Chairs of the Court, Chamber or Panel. Our position is that the international standard exists that the person going through the mobility within the Court shall carry no obligation to resign from a certain position; on the contrary, it shall be a flexible mechanism to alleviate the restrictions for the judges. In this case as well, the civil society believes that despite the international standards not binding for anyone to resign from the position of the Chair of the Court or Panel for instance in case of his/her election to the High Council of Justice, though they keep mentioning the context to be taken into account. We act according to and are guided under international standards. The Georgian jurisdiction and legislation cannot be used as a subject of the experiment, which is based on no experience”, - A. Okhanashvili stated.