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Tuesday, December 16
Crime statistics of January –November 2014

In November of 2014, 2, 233 facts of crime were registered according to MIA units, out of which 1,473 cases have been solved. That is 65.9 % of the case-solving index. To compare recent results with the results of the previous year, the level of crime decreased by 15.1%

In January-November of 2014 24,368 crimes were registered According to investigative jurisdiction of MIA territorial units, out of which 16,104 cases have been solved which is 66,09 % of the case-solving index. To compare recent results with the results of the previous year, the number of crimes decreased by 16.43 %.

Estonian Foreign Minister to visit Georgia

On 19-20 December, foreign Minister of Estonia, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus will reportedly pay an official visit to Georgia.

As Speaker of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry, Davit Kereselidze, stated on Monday’s weekly press conference. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus was appointed as Estonia’s Foreign Minister on Nov.17. According to him, after some Baltic and Scandinavian countries, Georgia is the first country which the Estonian Minister will go to within her bilateral visit.

“The Prosecutor's Office of Georgia needs reforms”

The prosecutor's office of Georgia needs reforms, to meet modern standards, Georgia’s former Chief Prosecutor Archil Kbilashvili has said.

According to Kbilashvili, NGO Georgia's European Choice will hold a presentation of the reform concept of the prosecutor’s office on December 23.

“I have established the non-governmental organization after leaving the prosecutor's office; this organization has already completed its work on the reform concept of the prosecutor’s office. We will hold a presentation of this concept at the Tbilisi Marriott hotel on December 23. We will talk about the prosecutor’s office’s systemic deficiencies and shortcomings”, Archil Kbilashvili said.

Late-PM Zhvania’s security guard released on bail

One of the two security guards tending to Georgia’s late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania has been released on bail after being charged with negligence, which led to the PM’s death in 2005.

Security guard shift manager Mikheil Dzadzamia was arrested on March 21, 2014, and was released after he paid 2,000 GEL bond, said his lawyer.

Dzadzamia and another security guard manager Koba Kharshiladze were charged with negligence due to their "careless attitude towards their work, which inadvertently caused the death of Zhvania”.

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office said in order to ensure the safety of then Prime Minister Zhvania and his family, an obligatory security plan had been developed where the PM’s security guards had to protect the leader at all times and not abandon their role.

Despite this, on the night of February 2, 2005, Dzadzamia and Karshiladze "improperly fulfilled” their duties and abandoned their post, which left the PM without any protection. Early the following morning Zhvania was found dead.

Zhvania’s lifeless body was found in a rented apartment in the early morning of February 3, 2005. The body of then-Kvemo Kartli region Governor Raul Usupov was also found at the scene.

The official cause of the men’s death has not been determined but officials and experts, who examined the bodies, claimed the men died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from an inadequately ventilated gas heater.

However, Zhvania’s family and friends said they did not trust this version. They also did not trust the autopsy result, which expert Levan Chachua performed to the PM and Governor’s bodies shortly after the corpses were found.

Currently, three separate investigations are ongoing in connection with Zhvania and Usupov’s unexpected death. The first is to determine the exact cause of the men’s death; the second is to determine why expert Chachua did not include all body injuries in his autopsy report; and the final investigation related to the negligence charges against Zhvania’s security guards Kharshiladze and Dzadzamia.

National Movement" will present its recommendations to the Government

2015 draft budget is unacceptable for the “National Movement". The reasons for not supporting the proposed document will be discussed in detail at December 15 briefing.

They will focus on the social problems, which, as they say, are not depicted in the document. Assembly minority claims that the financing of projects is reduced, and some of the projects are not mentioned at all. Today they will present their recommendations to the Government.

"We have many questions regarding the social component-the support of entrepreneurship is reduced, more than 7 thousand children will be left without a kinder garden, there is reduction in the financing of Psycho-therapeutic rehabilitation program for drug addicts, as well as a program for children suffering from hemophilia. We will discuss these issues at the briefing and explain to the public what in reality we are dealing with, "- said Irakli Nadiradze, the representative of the United National movement in the City Council.
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