International Prosecution Advisory Panel Engaged in the Process of Criminal Case Investigation

2017-06-08 13:25:50

The Prosecution Service of Georgia decided to engage the International Prosecution Advisory Panel in the process of investigation conducted into the allegations of abuse and excess of official position by certain public officials with the view to obtain relevant expert assessment thereof.
Members of the Panel will study the criminal case materials and prepare a report advising on case and making recommendations to the Prosecution Service. 
In 2014 an agreement was reached between the Prosecution Service of Georgia and a group of internationally recognized criminal law practitioners. Thus, the International Prosecution Advisory Panel was created which shares with the Georgian prosecutors, it's best practice and experience in the field of law
The group of invited specialists is comprised of Sir Geoffrey Nice - former Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia, Moshe Lador – the former State Attorney of the State of Israel and Paul Coffey – former Chief of the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.
We would like to remind that the General Auditor Lasha Tordia made several statements through media indicating that the State Audit Office of Georgia was studying the legality of the transfer of land plots in 2016 by Tbilisi City Hall and that possible criminal elements were observed thereof. Based on the mentioned statements, on May 23, the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia launched an investigation into the allegations of abuse and excess of official position by certain public officials under Articles 332 and 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
In the course of investigation relevant documentation were requested from the State Audit Office, LEPL Property Management Agency of the Tbilisi Municipality, Architecture Service, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, LEPL National Agency of Public Registry, LEPL Levan Samkharauli National Forensics Bureau. Witnesses were interviewed and documentation and information relevant to the case were inspected. In addition, a number of various investigative/procedural actions were conducted in relation to the case.
Intensive investigation is ongoing towards collecting all relevant facts of the case, accompanied by prosecutorial evaluation of their potential criminality and actions to be taken there on. Needless to say that upon finalization of these, decisions taken and results of actions will additionally be immediately introduced to the public.
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC - is a former Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (1998-2006), where he led the prosecution of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.  He co-authored the 2014 report on the investigation into the torture and executions of detainees in Syria with Sir Desmond de Silva QC and David Crane.  Sir Geoffrey is currently a part-time judge and serves as the Gresham Professor of Law at Gresham College in the City of London;
Moshe Lador - served as the State Attorney of Israel until the end of 2013, where he oversaw the all criminal litigations in the country, including the prosecution of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israel's President Moshe Katzave, and several other Ministers and senior government officials. Mr. Lador previously served as the District Attorney of Jerusalem;
Paul Coffey - is a former Chief of the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. After leaving public office, he was appointed as the top justice official in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He was actively engaged in Kosovo’s justice system reform and was responsible for the oversight and prosecution of all criminal cases handled by the United Nation in Kosovo, including war crime prosecutions.