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Wednesday, December 30
Supreme Court Head must resign – Head of Civil Court

As head of Tbilisi City Court Mamuka Akhvlediani has declared at the annual press-conference, Supreme Court Head Nino Gvenetadze must leave office.

According to Akhvlediani, he cannot understand the rule the council follows while appointing judges.

He maintains that he sees no development in the conditions of the existing Head and council and does not rule out the preparation of a complaint against the Supreme Council of Justice.

“The incorrectly-selected council and improper appointments of judges have caused many problems that will have seriously negative effects on the country,” Mamuka Akhvlediani says. (IPN)

Pentagon denies capture of IS commander from Pankisi

The Pentagon has denied the capture of Islamic State commander Omar Al-Shishani, a citizen of Georgia whose birth name is Tarkhan Batirashvili.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department told Ria Novosti that the information released by the Interior Ministry of Iraq about Batirashvili being captured is not true.

Russian media Monday reported the capture of Batirashvili along with two other commanders of the terrorist organization and alleged killing of several other militants. The source was given as a number of Arabic websites.

Tarkhan Batirashvili has been reported captured or dead several times, but the information has never been confirmed. (DF watch)

Georgian sailors to find jobs onboard 600 Turkish ships

The employment of Georgian sailors in the Turkish maritime industry is being simplified thanks to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Georgia and Turkey.

The agreement, which details the mutual recognition of certificates for sailors’ training and certification standards, was signed yesterday by Georgia’s Maritime Transport Agency and Turkey’s Maritime and Inland Waters Regulation.

Georgia’s Ministry of Economics evaluated the signing of the MoU as "an important historical event” in the relations of the two countries.

The signing of the MoU created a legal basis for Georgian sailors to find jobs onboard 600 Turkish ships engaged in international sailing.

The MoU was signed in Turkey during the Georgian delegation’s visit to the country.

Meanwhile, Georgia signed a similar Memorandum with Korea in March this year, which created conditions for Georgian sailors to be employed within the Korean maritime industry. (

Ramzan Kadyrov: I have a bone to pick with Tarkhan Batirashvili

As Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said, he has a personal enmity with ISIS member Tarkhan Batirashvili, now known as Omar al-Shishan. According to Russian media, Kadyrov said his people continue working with the aim to kill Batirashvili.

According to Kadyrov, he does not believe one of the ISIS leaders, Tarkhan Batirashvili was detained in Iraq.

“We were sure he was killed. He was badly wounded and almost dead. My people took a photo of him lying there and sent it to me. It seems he survived. I think it was necessary for it to happen that way, but I cannot believe he is detained or dead until there not being any proof,” Kadyrov said,

According to him, ‘a bad end’ awaits Batirashvili.

‘Our man was in a hurry when he informed us of his death. But my people continue working. I have a bone to pick with Batirashvili,” he said.

Yesterday, Russian media reported that the ISIS leader was detained in Iraq, but Pentagon did not confirm this information. (IPN)