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Compiled by Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Thursday, September 24
Issues not discussed during the current week

24 Saati reports that some important issues will not be debated in Parliament during the current week. One of these is the lustration law. The consideration of an anti-drug bill has also been postponed, as the Ministers of Agriculture and Infrastructure are intending to give reports during this week’s sessions.

Speaker of Parliament Davit Bakradze, has said of the lustration law: “this is a very serious and important issue, which needs additional and careful consideration by Government members. Our main aim is the adoption of a very refined and perfectly planned law, which will not be interpreted negatively and will not cause some kind of confrontation.”

The anti-drug bill was initially presented by Vice Speaker of Parliament Gigi Tsereteli but discussion of it has been delayed because the Government’s Parliamentary Secretary, Gia Khuroshvili, considers the bill incomplete and contradictory. In response to Khuroshvili’s statement, Tsereteli has said: “I am planning to make a report to Parliament about drug usage in Georgia, if discussion of this bill is held up for a long time, as the present situation is really critical.”

Tsereteli’s initiative is supported by opposition members Levan Vephkhvadze and Gia Tortladze.

“Saakashvili cannot differentiate victims from murderers”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that opposition member Gia Tsagareishvili has appealed to President Saakashvili to tell the public which murderers’ photos were displayed by the opposition during its demonstrations. Tsagareishvili made this statement during the Parliament session on Tuesday.

Tsagareishvili said that the President’s statement on the day when a pardoned prisoner wounded and killed a policeman was really disturbing. Saakashvili said that this murder had been committed because the opposition had exhibited murderers’ photos during the street demonstrations, irritating former prisoners.

“Mr. President, who were the murderers? Girgvliani, Robakidze, Vazagashvili? Or Enukidze, who could not bear his only son’s death?” Tsagareishvili asked, and adding that by making statements like this the President creates public indignation. He advised Mikheil Saakashvili to be more tactful when making public comments.

Tsagareishvili said that he agrees with the opposition demand that a special committee to investigate the pardoning of prisoners should be established. He said that as a former member of the Pardon Commission he knows very well that the Prosecutor’s Office and Government members interfere in this process. “This kind of interference is both illegal and unacceptable and must be stopped. Some serious changes must be carried out in this direction,” said Tsagareishvili.