Taking into account the higher public interest, we would like once again to make clear the position of the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the traffic safety draft, in particular, the contactless patrolling.
In the last period the media purposely replicates the opinions on the so-called "covert surveillance" allegedly launched by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Although the Ministry has repeatedly explained reasonably that the contactless patrolling has nothing common with the "surveillance," it is obvious that the mentioned is deliberately misinterpreted in order to mislead the civil society.
In the last 2-3 years the number of vehicles in Georgia has increased by 20%. The risks of accidents and the traffic load on roads have also increased.
The MIA's main task is to protect the lives and safety of citizens; therefore, we are obliged to take effective measures in this area.
We would like to emphasize that the contactless patrolling as well as the traffic safety project serves the most important value - human life and safety. It is clear that:
• Contactless patrolling is not conducted towards the previously identified person or a group of persons, but it also involves the whole traffic process, without identification of any individual. Contactless patrolling identifies only the vehicle that violates the traffic rules.
• Even in case of violation of traffic rules a driver is not the subject of identification; there shall be drawn up a fine-video minute in the name of the vehicle’s owner and this has been an established standard.
Contactless patrolling is approved in many western countries; it protects traffic participants: pedestrians, passengers and drivers - even when the police patrols are absent on place. According to the draft, contactless patrolling has no impact on the driving license in terms of withdrawing the scores. As for the request for deployment the special information signs, the issue is already regulated by the Law of Georgia on Police, in particular, under the 2nd clause of the article 27, the information regarding self-operating photo (radar) and video devices shall be indicated in a visible place.The MIA guides and shall guide by the principles of Law.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to charge Georgian so called crime boss, Thief Mindia Goradze, nicknamed Lava Oghli, who was detained in Moldova. According to the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the deportation process is underway.
“The Central Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the Departments of Achara, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi are conducting the investigation of the criminal code of Article 223-I and II, Article II of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Code 18-179 Article 151.
“The investigation is into its final phase. Mindia Goradze will be soon charged. His deportation process is underway,”-says the statement.
The officers of Gori police division of Shida Kartli Police Department as a result of the investigative activities held on the basis of the operative information detained Zaza B. for plotting an armed assault.
Law enforcers managed to detain person in mask, armed with cold steel and hand grenade in Khidistavi village, when he plotted to assault a gas station.
During the personal search of the detainee policemen seized F-1 hand grenade, black gloves and medical veil.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of plotting the armed assault.
The officers of the Central Criminal Police Department detained Murtaz M. at Tbilisi International Airport for illegal purchase, keeping and import of drugs in Georgian in especially large quantities.
During the personal search law enforcers seized 16 pills and two pieces of drug pills, containing 0,1323 gr of buprenorphine. Drug test also revealed that detainee was the consumer of various types of drugs.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of for illegal purchase, keeping and import of drugs in Georgian in especially large quantities, article 260, VI part, sub-paragraph A and articles 262, IV part, sub-paragraph A of the Criminal Code.
The officers of Tbilisi police department along with Vake-Saburtalo police division detained Khatuna B. for premeditated murder.
Investigation established that on December 15 detainee inflicted lethal injury to Paata Kh. (DoB 1974) on the basis of conflict and fled from the place of crime. The victim died at the place of crime. Khatuna B. was detained by the law enforcers several minutes later. The weapon of murder was seized as evidence. Investigation is in progress.
Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs continues his official visit to the United States. Giorgi Mgebrishvili along with members of the delegation visited Cobb county Safety Village of Public Safety Command Staff.
There’s a twinning program between Georgia and the US state of Georgia covering military, healthcare and education spheres.
Public Safety village is aimed for pupils. Village is arranged on the police base and serves to raise awareness among pupils and adolescents in emergency management issues. At the safety village pupils are taught practical habits to prevent and manage emergency situations.
Within the frames of the official visit Giorgi Mgebrishvii conducted patrolling activities on Atlanta state highways along with the local policemen. “For me the main condition for prevention of road accidents is the awareness raising. We assume that law-abiding citizens should be brought up from the very childhood in kinder gardens and school age. US police has a rich experience in traffic movement administration, crime fighting and in the field of emergency situations management. I wish Georgian police to be constantly involved in the process of education to implement novelties for making our work even more effective. Therefore, the most important thing is to share experience from our American counterparts. You may know about our close cooperation with the US state of Georgia. Within the frames of this friendship and cooperation a series of interesting projects have been implemented and this fruitful cooperation will continue in the future”-state Minister Mgebrishvili.
Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs and law enforcement agencies of state Georgia have a long-term friendship and cooperation. Throughout years a number of visits and exchange programs were implemented namely in the field of: criminology, forensic sphere, professional development, road safety program, patrolling, management, special arms utilization, public-oriented police and etc.
US local media expressed interest towards the visit of the Minister of Internal Affairs and received information personally from the Minister on the details of the visit. During the interview Minister made special emphasis on the successful cooperation between the US and Georgian law enforcing agencies.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia held a meeting with the Ambassador of Hungary in Georgia. The Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili held a meeting with the Ambassador of Hungary Mr. Sendor Szabe. The Minister has informed Mr. Szabe about accomplished and on-going reforms at the Ministry. Within the meeting, the parties have also underlined progress achieved by the Ministry during the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. The sides have also discussed the existing and future cooperation between Georgia and Hungary in law enforcement. In this regard, Mr. Mghebrishvili has underlined the importance of cooperation and sharing of experience with Hungary and expressed hope that this partnership will further enhance the cooperation between Georgia and Hungary.
Upon the initiative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, annual Conference of Police and Security Attaches accredited in Georgia was held at the Hotel “Radisson Blue Iveria”. The conference was opened by the welcoming speech of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili who thanked attaches for effective and fruitful cooperation.
Griogi Mgebrishvili noted that 60% of the commitments defined by Visa Liberalization Action Plan fell within the competence of the Ministry of Internal Affairs which was successfully accomplished by the Ministry and positively assessed by the experts. According to the Minister this conference will be one of the most successful actions within the context of fulfilling visa liberalization action plan obligations which provides for the development and strengthening of international cooperation in the field of law enforcement.
Issues related to combating organized crime and international law enforcement cooperation were discussed at the conference. Participants of the conference discussed threats and challenges faced nowadays by the international society.
The representatives of the Ministry delivered information in the form of presentations on reforms implemented within the system of the Ministry and on future plans of development.
From the Georgian side the conference was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Mgebrishvili, the head of MIA Central Criminal Police Department Ivane Papiashvili, head of MIA International Relations Department Shalva Kvinikhidze and other officials of the Ministry.
Police and security attaches of the following partner countries participated in the conference: USA (representatives of FBI and DEA, regional security officer), Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus Belgium, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Greece, France, Armenia and Ukraine. The representative of the European Police Office (Europol) participated in the conference as well.
Within the frames of the conference, bilateral meetings were held between police and security attaches accredited in Georgia and the heads and the officials of respective sub-units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrisviili held meeting with Zaza Khatiashvili, international secretary of the Georgian Bar Association Davit Asatiani and lawyer Giorgi Mdinaradze. At the meeting sides discussed the incident that took place on November 8 at Vake-Saburtalo police unit. Giorgi Mgebrishvili told lawyers that he closely follows the ongoing investigation at the prosecutor’s office. In case of revealing any misconduct from the side of the policemen, Ministry of Internal Affairs will take quick and adequate measures.
At the end of the meeting Minister of Internal Affairs and chairman of the Georgian Bar Association have also agreed on the enhancing the cooperation for the future.
Base on the law on “Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons" Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs exposed foreign citizens: citizen of Uzbekistan L.A. (DoB 1992) citizen of Afganistan M.Q. (DoB 1988) and citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ch.T/ (DoB 1984) who’s stay in the country was without any legal basi
Upon the decision of the Migration Department, citizens of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan have left Georgia.
Citizen of the federal Republic of Nigeria Ch. T. was given 20 days to leave the country voluntarily by the Migration Department however Ch. T. did not apply for this right, based on which Migration Department executed the forced expulsion against the mentioned person. Ch. T. is prohibited from entering in Georgia for 3 years.