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Thursday, December 12
A special group formed to address the homeless

An inter-agency group has been created, which will be responsible for arranging several shelters for homeless people.

Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Davit Narmania, will be the head of the group. Representatives of the ministers of energy; labor, health and social protection; economy and sustainable development, and Finance will be the members of the group.

PM Gharibashvili will personally monitor the groupís activities.

According to the information released by the press service of the Prime Minister, the new Georgian government has immediately started to elaborate ways of solving the problem of the socially unprotected population and those who have no shelters.

However, as the weather has become frigid in recent days, and the temperature has dramatically fallen, the special group will do its best to deal with the above problems as soon as possible. (The Messenger)

Fund for UN Women`s report on family violence in Georgia

Fund for UN Women in Georgia has presented the results of the survey on family violence conducted in Georgia. The survey covered all regions of the country questioning 1,500 respondents. According to the survey, about 80% of the respondents say that family violence is usual in Georgian families, while 34% believe that husbands` violence on wives can be justified and should not be punished by legislation.

Head of the Fund for UN Women projects in Georgia Irina Japharidze said the respondents think that family violence should be expected. For example, in cases when a woman fails to take care of children properly, goes out of the home without the consent of the husband or refuses to have sexual intercourse with her partner. However, 69% of respondents think that the family violence is a crime and should be punished by law. (Rustavi 2)

Three people face various charges in connection of Kortavaís murder

Three persons have been charged with various charges in connection with the murder of convict Levan Kortava. The prosecutorís office announced the details of the crime.

According to the investigation, on May 12, 2013, the criminal authorities brutally beat up Kortava as a revenge for insulting physical abuse to S.S. It was a group attack, which left the young convict in a coma for several days. Kortava died on May 23rd.

Prison personnel have also been charged with negligence, this includes the director of the N14 prison, the deputy director, two security officers, legal regime inspector, social worker and one convict.

Prosecutor`s office will apply to the Kutaisi City Court to sent the defendants in prison under pre-trial sentence.

Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance Sozar Subari says there are some other episodes in the case of Kortavaís murder, which will be reported to the society in a few days. (Rustavi 2)

Inmate commits suicide in Gldani No. 8 facility

An inmate in Gldaniís 8th penitentiary facility committed suicide. As the Ministry of Corrections states, he had a mental disorder according to his medical records and was under psychiatric supervision. The national forensics bureau did not confirm that the inmate was mentally ill, and it was beyond jurisdiction of the ministry to move the inmate to the psychiatric institution for unwanted treatment. After being put in the cell, a psychiatrist and representatives of the administration regularly visited the prisoner.

By recommendation of the healthcare team, the inmate was put under 24-hour video monitoring, though the supervisors could not respond on time at night and could not stop the suicide. An investigation has been launched. (InterPressNews)

President appoints seven new ambassadors

The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has appointed new ambassadors to seven countries including Iran, Japan, Jordan, Bulgaria, China, Germany and Uzbekistan, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

Professor Dr. H.C. Lado Chanturia, a long-time scientific contributor to research projects run by KEEL at the University to Kiel Institute for Eastern European Law, has been appointed as the Ambassador of Georgia in Germany. Chanturia was Minister of Justice 1998-1999 and served as Chairman of Supreme Court 1999-2004; he also was the Georgian Presidentís adviser until 2007.

Zurab Beridze, who has been appointed Georgian ambassador to Bulgaria, served as ambassador to Romania and Moldova from 2004-2008.

Konstantin Zhgenti is now the Georgian Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Zghenti is the former Ambassador of Georgia to Austria from 2004-2005 and Hungary.

Levan Tsintsadze will be Georgiaís ambassador to Japan. Previously, he served as the Director of the Foreign Ministryís Department for International Economic Relations.

David Aptsiauri has been appointed Georgian ambassador to China. He was the Georgian Ambassador to the Republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 2004-2007.

Grigol Tabatadze has been appointed as ambassador to Jordan. This appointment will be affective from February, 2014. In 2009-2010, he was the Georgian ambassador to Armenia. He was also the Plenipotentiary in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman the UAE.

Ioseb Chakhvashvili became the Georgian ambassador to Iran. He served as ambassador to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan since 2009.

Tedo Jafaridze, a Georgian politician and diplomat was nominated as the ambassador to United Kingdom but he refused at the last moment, according to Maia Panjikidze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia.

"We would like to appoint Japaridze as the ambassador in UK but he made the other decision that is why we nominated another candidate,Ē Panjikidze said not specifying the name of the new candidate.

After the new constitution went into force on November 17, the president has the right to appoint or dismiss ambassadors upon nomination by the government. Previously, the parliament's consent was required for appointing the ambassadors.

Presently, Georgia has 59 diplomatic missions abroad. (Agenda.Ge)