Prosecution Service Arrests Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze as the Defendant for Preparation of Murder

2017-02-13 13:57:20

On February 10, 2017, following investigative actions conducted by officers of the Prosecution Service of Georgia, Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze was arrested as the defendant for preparation of murder. The crime is punishable under Article 18-108 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

Investigation into the case was launched on February 2, 2017, on the basis of the statement of a citizen, who contacted the Prosecution Service of Georgia, and, stated that his/her acquaintance – Father Giorgi asked him/her for help in obtaining the life-threatening poisonous substance – cyanide. As the person, who submitted the statement, had found out during the meeting, Father Giorgi was to murder a high-ranking clergyman using the aforementioned substance. In the scope of the investigation launched immediately upon the receipt of the aforesaid statement, all necessary investigative actions have been planned and carried out in the Prosecution Service of Georgia.

The Investigation revealed that Father Giorgi Mamaladze had been requesting the person, who submitted the statement, to find the poisonous substance – cyanide in the shortest period, in exchange for which he was ready to pay certain amount of money, and, in turn, Father Giorgi promised him some improper benefits in the future. As revealed, G. Mamaladze had been planning to travel to Germany, where the Patriarch had gone for treatment, together with the persons accompanying him. Father Giorgi Mamaladze needed the poisonous substance before his departure.

As established, the Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, serving at the same time as the Director General of the Georgian Patriarchate St. Joachim and St. Ann Medical Center LTD, due to his official activities, had had regular relationship with the Catholicos-Patriarch and his closest associates. The evidence obtained at this stage of investigation show that G. Mamaladze had been preparing the murder of a person, and therefore, he obtained the poisonous substance – cyanide from an unidentified individual. In the event of the use of the aforesaid poisonous substance – cyanide, the lethal outcome would have been inevitable, and, the defendant’s criminal intent would have been executed.  

On February 10, 2017, at Tbilisi International Airport, officers of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia arrested Giorgi Mamaladze as the defendant before his departure to Germany. Poisonous substance - sodium cyanide, kept in a concealed manner, has been seized upon the search of his luggage.

Simultaneously, upon the search of Giorgi Mamaladze’s residential apartment, law enforcement officers seized an artisanal firearm with no number and 6 ball cartridges, which Giorgi Mamaladze had illegally purchased and kept in his residential apartment.

On the basis of the evidence obtained at this stage of investigation, Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia works on a number of versions, and, investigative actions are being intensively conducted in all respects.  

On February 12, 2017, on the basis of the motion filed by the Prosecution Service of Georgia, by the Ruling of Tbilisi City Court, detention was applied against Giorgi Mamaladze as the measure of constraint.
The investigation continues under Articles 18-108 and 236 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which entails the deprivation of liberty for a term from seven to fifteen years in length as the type and size of penalty.