As soon as the notification on the collapse of the residential building located on 26 May Street in Batumi was received at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, rescue and police forces were mobilized at the site, as well as ambulance crews.
According to initial reports, the entrance of the residential building collapsed. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters evacuated the population from the neighboring flats of the collapsed residential building, as well as from vehicles caught in the debris.
At the moment, the area is being cleared of rubble and active search and rescue operations are underway. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation on the fact of building collapse; the information regarding the number of injured persons is being clarified at the moment.
Along with firefighters, special equipment has already been mobilized at the site, including aerial ladder fire truck. In addition, the staff of the Special Tasks Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Forensic-Criminalistics Department have also been mobilized. The additional live force is being deployed from the neighboring regions of Adjara as well.
The territory adjacent to the accident is condoned off due to security measures. The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls on the citizens, as well as the representatives of all media sources on the ground, to follow the instructions of the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and to observe the safety norms.
Georgian Police detained Nika Melia, the largest opposition party leader, in the early morning of February 23 during a special operation at the United National Movement headquarters.
Law enforcers stormed the office building where Melia, fellow opposition leaders and supporters have been gathered following the Court’s February 17 order for pretrial detention.
Varying media reports said police used either tear gas or pepper spray when entering Melia’s cabinet by force, as live footage showed opposition supporters coughing.
“This is the end of this government. We are firm and united in our faith,” Melia asserted in the moments ahead of his detention. The opposition leader called PM Garibashvili and Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili “traitors,” adding that “no Georgian should be tried in court” for protesting a Russian MP's presence in the country's legislature.
The Interior Ministry said it used “proportional force and special means” during the operation, arguing opposition supporters “resisted” law enforcers despite “numerous warnings.” Law enforcers also detained 21 persons, including UNM member Giorgi Baramidze, under Article 173 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, involving disobedience of police orders.
20 MEMBERS OF QQAAZZ CRIMINAL NETWORK ARRESTED IN COOPERATION WITH EUROPOL AND GEORGIAN LAW ENFORCERSWednesday, 04 November 2020 17:37
As a result of the international police cooperation coordinated by Europol, an unprecedented international police operation - 2BaGoldMule was held. The operation involved law enforcement agencies from 16 states, as a result of which 20 members of the criminal network QQAAZZ were arrested, for attempting to launder tens of millions of EUs under the orders of the world's leading cybercriminals.
The operation was preceded by a complex investigation held by the police of Portugal, the United States and Spain, as well as the law enforcement agencies of the United Kingdom, Georgia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Australia, Sweden, Austria and Belgium under the coordination of Europol.
The Center for International Cooperation in the Law Enforcement Sphere and Cybercrime Division under the Main Division for Combating Organized Crime of the Central Criminal Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were actively involved in the course of the mentioned investigation.
It was established that QQAAZZ network, whose members were from Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and Belgium, had opened hundreds of corporate and personal bank accounts around the world, where money illegally appropriated from the accounts of victims was transferred by cybercriminals. The mentioned funds were then transferred to QQAAZZ-controlled accounts and often converted into cryptocurrencies.
International police cooperation is one of the priority directions for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and actively continues to provide operational support to Europol, Interpol and various countries within the frames of the existing bilateral cooperation agreements.
Military Police Specialists` Training Course has opened today. 25 military servicemen will be given the trainings in Joint Army Centre in Krtsanisi for 5 weeks.
The training consists of 3 modules. The 1st module –“Keeping and Using Armament” will provide the participants with a good opportunity to adopt the rules and methods of using weapons at the theoretical and practical levels.
During the 2nd Module-“Tactical Preparation of Military Police”, the course participants will develop Military Police tactic and will familiarize with convoy, security operations and the rules of behavior with captives.
The 3rd Module-“Legal Regulations” will be dedicated to legal and administrative information. The military servicemen will deepen their knowledge in legal issues they will need while performing the service duties.
The training course led y the Military Police Course instructors will finish on July 14.
Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili opened new building of VI police station of Vake-Saburtalo police division, under Tbilisi Police Department.
“Ministry of Internal Affairs starts the new year with novelties. We will continue infrastructure development projects this year. Today we’ve opened new police building in Dighomi village. Once again I wasn’t to wish to all policemen happy New Year and Christmas and to fulfill their duties with success. I believe that the new building will be the additional motivation for the policemen to fulfill their duties effectively”-stated Minister Mgebrishvili.
Old building of VI police station of Vake-Saburtalo police division, under Tbilisi Police Department did not comply with contemporary international standards; therefore construction of the new building was launched.
New police building is equipped with the latest technic and inventory. Infrastructure is adapted for the disabled persons. In the newly constructed building 22 district police inspectors and detective-investigators will be employed.
German police are investigating a "probable terrorist attack" after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.The driver is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, according to security sources cited by DPA news agency.
He reportedly arrived in Germany in February as a refugee. The daily Tagesspiegel said the man was known to the police for minor crimes, but not terror links.
German politicians had avoided branding the bloodshed a terror attack in the hours immediately following, but Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ARD television, "there are many things pointing to one".
The stricken market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin's west. The deadly incident unfolded in the shadow of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was damaged in a World War Two bombing raid and preserved as a symbol of peace.
The truck, which was loaded with steel beams, veered into the market at one of its busiest times, crashing through wooden huts and stands packed with tourists and locals.
PERSON DETAINED FOR RESISTING POLICE AS WELL AS FOR ILLEGAL PURCHASE, KEEPING AND CARRYING OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITIONWednesday, 16 November 2016 17:23
The officers of Kobuleti police division of Achara police department, based on the operative information detained several times convicted in past, G.T. (DoB 1975). Detainee was driving a vehicle in which police seized firearm. Law enforcers requested G.T. to stop the vehicle for checking, however he ignore legal demand of the policemen and opened fire to their direction and crashed into police vehicle.
During the exchange fire G.T was slightly wounded. He was transferred to the hospital by the law enforcers where he was rendered medical aid. At this moment his life is no longer in danger. Policemen seized Baikal pistol with four bullets from the place of crime as evidence.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of violating public order, resistance committed with violence, illegal purchase, keeping and carrying of firearms and ammunition- article 353 I part, 236 II and III parts envisaged by the criminal Code.
In order to proceed elections in peaceful and safe environment in accordance with the Order of the Minister of the Internal Affairs of Georgia law enforcement groups carried out relevant measures within the territories under their influence.
During the elections as well as after the end of voting procedure a number of incidents took place in several regions of Georgia on which law enforcements reacted promptly and adequately.
More precisely, in the village Kizil-Ajlo of Marneui region the supporters of the Party “United National Movement” and the Bloc “Paata Burchuladze-State for People” attempted to invade into the N48 polling station and steal the ballot box. The law enforcements who were mobilized at the station did not allow this to happen which resulted in increased aggression by the supporters of both parties and they started to throw stones towards the police officers. As a result of the clash several law enforcements, including the head of Marneuli police, were injured. The aggressors failed to steal the ballot box. After the involvement of law enforcements the situation got back to normal. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has launched an investigation into the Article 1621 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
In the village Jikhashkari of Zugdidi region, Samegrelo, a group of people invaded into the N79 polling station. They broke the ballot box, smashed the windows, damaged the inventor and stole the mobile phones belonging to the observers. One of the aggressors physically insulted one of the international observers. The medical assistance was provided to the victim. His/her health condition is satisfactory. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia launched an investigation into the Article 1621 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (violence or violent menace in the polling station, place of election commission or their adjacent territories, or pre-election agitation or during the pre-election campaign) and into the Article 163 (interference with the work of election or referendum commission). The organizer of the disorder is identified and detained by the law enforcements and also persons involved. The relevant investigative measure have been taken against him. Operative-investigative measure have been carried out in order to identify and detain other persons involved.
Unknown persons also invaded polling station №108 of the village Jikhashkari, broke the ballot box, smashed the windows and damaged the inventor. The investigation is in progress under Article 163 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
The incident took place in Kutaisi, in the adjacent territory of the polling station №90, located on Sulkhan-Saba Avenue, where supporters of two parties clashed each other.
Based on the existing information, during the clash, equipment belonging to TV channel was damaged. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia launched investigation under Article 187 (1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia. Within the investigation, witnesses are being interviewed.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia will adequately react to any kind of violation of law in the future and will take measures envisaged by the law in order to ensure safety.
The officers of Vake-Saburtalo police division as a result of the investigative activities held on the basis of the operative information detained G.M. (DoB 1973) for illegal purchase and keeping of firearms and ammunition. During the searching activities held in detainee’s house policemen seized “Jericho” pistol, cartridge and 10 bullets.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of illegal purchase and keeping of firearms and ammunition, article 236, part II.
Turkish officials say that nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended, reportedly on suspicion of having links to the coup attempt at the weekend. Some 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, have been detained. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to purge state bodies of the "virus" that caused the revolt.
The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has stressed the importance of democratic rule. Speaking in Brussels where he has been meeting European foreign ministers, Mr Kerry said the United States stood squarely on the side of the elected leadership in Turkey.
"We will certainly support bringing perpetrators of the coup to justice - but we also caution against a reach that goes well beyond that." The Turkish government claims cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot.
Mr Gulen lives in the US and strongly denies any involvement.