Additional Charges Filed against M. Saakashvili and Other Former High Officials into the Fact of V. Gelashvili’s Beating

2014-11-10 15:11:43

Additional charges were filed against Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia, Ivane Merabishvili, former Minister of Interior, Erekle Kodua, former Head of the Special Operations Departmentk, and Gia Siradze, former Head of the Unit of the same Department, in relation to the case concerning the beating of Valeri Gelashvili, the Member of Parliament, and the armed attack carried out against him in 2005.
According to the initial forensic examination report carried out within the ongoing investigation, Valeri Gelashvili suffered from less grave health damage. Based on the alternative forensic examination carried out by the victim in Lithuania and further joint commission research of Georgian and Lithuanian experts, it was established that Valeri Gelashvili sustained grave bodily injury endangering his life.
The investigation collected evidence confirming that Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze illegally took into possession valuable personal items and sums in large amount taken from the victim in result of armed attack against Valeri Gelashvili.

These new factual circumstances established by the investigation resulted in additional charges. In particular:

Mikheil Saakashvili and Ivane Merabishvili, who were charged with exceeding official authority prescribed by Article 333 §3 (b) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, faced additional charges for organizing intentional grave damage to health punishable under Articles 25-177 §5 (e) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

Erekle Kodua and Gia Siradze were charged with exceeding official authority with the use of violence and arms, as well as illegally taking into possession through violence  firearm belonging to other person, prescribed by Article 333 §3 (b) and Article 237 §4 (b) of the Criminal Code of Georgia; they faced additional charges for grave damage to health endangering life and armed robbery, foreseen by Article 117 §5 (e) and Article 179 §2 (b) and §3 (c) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
The investigation established that on June 29, 2005 the article with the title “Valeri Gelashvili will Concede his House in Favor of Saakashvili” of the then Member of Parliament was published in newspaper Rezonansi. In this article, Valeri Gelashvili expressed his discontent with the then President; in particular, Gelashvili alleged that he was deprived of his property the value of which was not reimbursed. In the mentioned article he spoke regarding the personal life of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in an abusing way.

After publishing the mentioned article Mikheil Saakashvili, for the purpose of personal retaliation and exemplary punishment of Valeri Gelashvili, instructed Irakli Okruashvili, the then Minister of Defense of Georgia, to physically deal with Valeri Gelashvili; Irakli Okruashvili refused. Therefore, Mikheil Saakashvili assigned physical abuse of Valeri Gelashvili to Ivane Merabishvili, the then Minister of Interior of Georgia.

After being commissioned, Ivane Merabishvili ensured the careful fulfillment of Mikheil Saakashvili’s instruction with the organization of Erekle Kodua, Head of Special Operations Department of the Ministry of Interior, that was carried out on July 14, 2005. In particular, officers of Special Operations Department together with the armed Special Task Forces officers blocked the vehicle driven by Valeri Gelashvili on Mirtskhulava Street in Tbilisi and attacked him and his accompanies. Upon Erekle Kodua’s instruction and under the leadership of Giorgi Siradze, the then officers of Special Task Forces forced Valeri Gelashvili out of his car through violence and under the threat of firearm, who was further forced to the ground and beaten with the use of firearm butt. They took the firearm Heckler Koch that was in legal ownership of Valeri Gelashvili, funds – USD 10 000 and the ring priced as GEL 50 000.

In result of the illegal act, Valeri Gelashvili suffered from grave bodily injuries endangering life that caused permanent facial distortion.

We would like to remind the public that the investigation regarding the fact of attack on Valeri Gelashvili was launched on July 14, 2005; though, by that time no investigative actions have been carried out for establishing objective truth and before renewing investigation in 2013, the fact was not opened.

The investigation is carried out in accordance with the Article 333 §3 (b), 237 §4 (b), 117 §5 (e) and 179 §2 (b) and §3 (c) of the Criminal Code of Georgia that entails the deprivation of liberty up to 14 years as the size and type of penalty.