Prosecutor’s Office Summons the Attorneys and Family Members of the Convict in the So-Called ‘Tennis Courts Special Operation’ Case for Questioning Regarding Alleged Subornation and Coercion of a Witness

2017-09-08 13:51:29

On September 8, 2017, spouse – N.Kh, child – N.P. of the convict in the so-called ‘Tennis Courts Special Operation’ case – I.P., as well as his attorneys - D.Kh. and M.V. – are summoned at the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia for the purpose to be questioned in the capacity of witness.
The case concerns the alleged fact of subornation and coercion of a witness (crime provided for by Article 372§2 of the Criminal Code of Georgia)
Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has been conducting investigation into the similar fact since February 08, 2017, due to the written statement of one of a witness in the so-called ‘Tennis Courts Special Operation’ case. The witness noted in the statement that close relatives of the convict in the same case were promising him/her large amount in return to change his/her testimony.
One of the witnesses in the ‘Tennis Courts Special Operation’ case addressed Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in course of the investigation and stated, that the persons close to the convict in the same case – I.P. – were coercing him/her in order to make him/her change his/her testaments in the latter’s favour.
While being questioned in the capacity of witness, the said person stated, that convict I.P.’s wife and one of his children met him/her and told him/her to change testimony in favour of the convict and to state as if he/she came to the crime scene a little later and had not seen anything, also, as if he/she gave the testimony incriminating I.P. after coercion exercised by the Prosecutor’s Office. In return, they would give him/her USD 30,000 would ensure for the witness to leave the country. They threatened him/her with death if doing otherwise.
Investigation into the case is being proceeded, regarding the alleged facts of subornation and coercion of a witness, with the signed of the offense provided for by Article 372§2 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.