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A special department created to address former crimes

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Monday, February 2
The Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has announced the creation of a new department that will monitor the process of how crimes are investigated.

"As you know, the Prosecutor’s Office received thousands of applications regarding alleged crimes committed including torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, coercion and forceful concession of private property. The fast and effective investigation of these facts is the main responsibility of the Georgian Chief Prosecutor's Office, that is why the new department is being created,” stated the office in a special statement.

The new department will provide the platform for such alleged crimes to be investigated, as well as prosecutorial oversight during the investigation.

Members of the Georgian Dream coalition claim that providing justice to thousands of cases filed with the Prosecutor’s office was a hard task.

Meanwhile, the opposition United National Movement stresses that the Georgian Dream is simply trying to mislead people.

“A special body is not necessary to investigate crimes. If the government wanted to open the cases, they would have managed in the course of the past two years,” UNM MP Mikheil Machavariani said.

Member of the parliamentary opposition Free Democrats Zurab Abashidze, the party that quit the majority a couple of months ago, states that the restoration of justice process has been lengthened.

“Examples of selective justice have been observed in the process,” he said.

In his recent interview for Imedi TV, former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili stated that 1 billion GEL was necessary to ensure compensation for those who experienced losses under the UNM leadership.