International Prosecution Advisory Panel finished review of another high profile case proceeded at the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia and reached the conclusion that International Prosecution Advisory Panel recommends the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia to continue prosecution against former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and other high ranking officials into the fact of use of force against peaceful demonstrators on November 7, 2007 and expropriation of Arkadi Patarkatsishvili’s property, including TV Company IMEDI.
After months of reviewing materials provided by the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia, relating to Georgian government activities between 2007-2012 aimed at using government institutions to unlawfully deprive Arkadi Patarkatsishvili and his family of their property, as well as the events developed on November 7, 2007 when the force was used against peaceful demonstrators, the International Prosecution Advisory Panel concluded that the evidence provided is sufficient to support the indictment and justifies proceeding with the prosecution of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Former Georgian Minister of Interior Ivane Merabishvili, former Defense Minister David Kezerashvili, former Chief Prosecutor Zurab Adeishvili, and former Tbilisi Mayor Giorgi Ugulava for various offenses.
In the report presented to the Chief Prosecutor International panel concludes that the evidence “reflects a unified continuous scheme between 2005 and 2010 to control media reporting regarding governmental activities and to suppress criticism and public protest of the government, including those of 7 November, 2007, through criminal acts involving violence, destruction of property, and fraud. Furthermore, the evidence in particular demonstrates a wide ranging campaign against Arkadi Patarkatsishvili for his refusal to submit to government control of TV IMEDI and for his opposition political activities, resulting in the destruction and expropriation of his property.”
The International Panel was created in July 2014 under the initiation of the Chief Prosecutor for the purpose to actively review the materials provided by the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, including witness statements, experts’ reports, court records, Georgian legislation and relevant materials. The International Prosecution Advisory Panel is composed of Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Moshe Lador – former State Prosecutor of Israel and Paul Coffey - former Chief of the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.
This is the second report of the International Prosecution Advisory Panel. According to the first report Georgian prosecutors are recommended to continue criminal prosecution against former President Mikheil Saakashvili and other former high ranking officials in relation to the fact of attack against MP Valeri Gelashvili in 2005.
The report’s transmittal letter containing a summary of the International Panel’s conclusion can be found here: Report of the International Prosecution Advisory Panel
See the video: Comment of Paul Coffey, foreign expert