Tbilisi City Court found former officials guilty on the fact of beating V.Gelashvili

2016-09-22 13:15:22

Tbilisi City Court has fully accepted the evidence submitted by the prosecution and found former Minister of Internal Affairs guilty for attack on member of Parliament Valeri Gelashvili and passed an incriminatory verdict against former minister of Interior Ivane Merabishvili, who was sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term of 6 years and 9 months, against the former director of Special Operative Department Erekle Kodua -who was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 9 years  and against the former head of the same department's division Gia Siradze, who was sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term of 9 years.
The court has decided, that on 29th of June of 2005 year in the newspaper “Rezonance” was published an article of the member of parliament Valeri Gelashvili with a title “ Valeri Gelashvili will give his house to Mikheil Saakashvili”. In the mentioned article Valeri Gelashvili was expressing his dissatisfaction towards to the president, relating to the fact, that property was bereaved from him and the cost of it was not paid. In the same article he talked about the former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s personal life in an abusive manner.
After publishing an article, in order to punish Valeri Gelashvili in an exemplary manner, for a motive of personal revenge, Mikheil Saakashvili instructed the minister of Defence to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili, however,  he received a negative answer on this. For that reason, Mikheil Saakashvili instructed the minister of Interior Ivane Merabishvili to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili.
After being commissioned, Ivane Merabishvili, with the organization of Erekle Kodua, director of Special Operative Department being under his subordination provided the implementation of order of Mikheil Saakashvili, which was carried out on July 15 of 2005. Operative officers of SOD and Special Purpose Detachment blocked the car being driven by Valeri Gelashvili, in Tbilisi on Mirtshkhulava street, after which they attacked Valer Gelashvili and people accompanying him. Under the instruction of Erekle Kodua and guidance of head of SOD division Giorgi Siradze, the members of Special Purpose Detachment group forcibly and by threatening with firearms took Valeri Gelashvili from the car together with his accompanying persons, had beaten him severely with the butts of firearms and had unlawfully taken from him the „Heckler Koch“ firearm being under the ownership of Valeri Gelashvili,  money- 10 000 USD and ring, valued for 50 000 GEL.As a result of beating Valeri Gelashvili, he suffered life threatening bodily injuries.
Tbilisi City court found Ivane Merabiishvili guilty under article 333 §3 subparagraph “b”, 25, 117  §5 subparagraph “e” and in accordance with the law of Georgia “about amnesty” of December 28 of 2012 and principle of absorption of sentence, finally sentenced him to deprivation of liberty for a term 6 years and 9 months in length as the type and size of penalty, he was also sentenced to deprivation of the right to hold an office for a term of 2 years and 3 months.
Upon the same verdict, Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze were found Guilty under article 333 §3 subparagraph “b”, 117  §5 subparagraph “e’, 119 §2 subparagraph “b” and 119 §3 subparagraph “g”  and in accordance with the law of Georgia “about amnesty” of December 28 of 2012 and principle of absorption of sentence, they were sentenced to deprivation of liberty for a term of 9 years each  in length as the type and size of penalty.  They were also sentenced to deprivation of the right to hold an office for a term of 2 years and 3 months.
We would like to remind the society that, currently in the Tbilisi City Court is being essentially reviewed the case of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is accused for organizing the attack on Valeri Gelashvili.On the mentioned case Mikheil Saakashvili is charged by under article 333 §3 subparagraph “b”, 117  § subparagraph “e’, which entails the deprivation of liberty for a term from 3 to 10 years e  in length as the type and size of penalty.