Prosecutor’s Office Opened Beating Offense of Valeri Gelashvili

2014-04-24 12:01:57

We inform public that the main prosecutor’s office of Georgia has opened current criminal case for the fact of beating and damage of health of Valeri Gelashvili, a member of Parliament of Georgia, which took place 9 years ago, in 2005. 

Today, Erekle Kodua, former Director of special operative department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Gia Siradze, the Head of one of the offices of the department, are charged in absence for the fact of beating and illegal obtaining of fire gun in ownership of Valeri Gelashvili, by the manner of job power abuses. 

The investigation cleared out that on June 29, 2005 interview with Valeri Gelashvili was published in a newspaper “Resonansi”. The respondent talked about details of personal life and construction of residence of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. Due the fact, Erekle Kodua, Director of Special Operative Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, by participation of fighters of special department planned and organized criminal action, which aimed physical beating of Valeri Gelashvili, member of the Parliament of Georgia. In addition, Erekle Kodua ordered Giorgi Siradze, Head of one of the offices of the special operative department to guide the persons participating in the criminal. According to the plan adopted by Erekle Kodua, members of special operative department should severely beat Valeri Gelashvili and obtain all the things and documents with him and in his car.

On July 14, 2005, according to the advanced defined plan, fighters of special operative department blocked the auto car driven by Valeri Gelashvili, running on the left embankment of riv. Mtkvari and as a result, attacked Valeri Gelashvili and accompanied persons.   As ordered by Erekle Kodua and guided by Gia Siradze, fighters of special operative department, by force took Valeri Gelashvili and accompanied persons out of the vehicle and immediately started to beat severely, using butts, as well they beat member of his security, Malkhaz Tskhakaia.
In addition, a special forces acting by the instruction of Erekle Kodua with the threat to life and health , illegally misappropriated Valeri Gelashvili’s "Heckler Koch" -  firearm being under his legal possession. They falso  kidnapped various items from Valeri Gelashvili’s  car.

Following the criminal attack organized by Erekle Kodua, Valeri Gealshvili got the brain injury, multiple fractures of facial bones , the wound on the nose and forehead , as well as the upper and lower jaw bones . Mentioned action committed by Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze led to the violation of the lawful interests of the state and the rights of individuals.

Investigation to identify other persons involved in the crime against MP Valeri Gealshvili  is being proceeded.
Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze are found guilty according to  Criminal Code of Georgia - Article 237 Part 4 and Article 333 Part 3, which provides for punishment of imprisonment for a term of ten to fourteen years .