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Directives to Judges
25 October, 2012
Directives to Judges

Former Judges getting ready for Kublashvili impeachment

Merab Turava and Nino Gvenetadze, former judges of Georgian Supreme Court, are set to sue Kote Kublashvili, Chairman of the Supreme Court. They say that Kublashvili’s recent allegation about purported pressure on judges is nothing but an absurd. They are planning to sue him to prepare grounds for the impeachment of the Chairman of the Supreme Court.

Nino Gvenetadze, a former Supreme Court judge, asserts that the pressure that judges were facing would come from

the Authorities. “It started in 2005. They tried to force us to resign by our own official requests and leave the court voluntarily. Four judges however declined to follow their threats. These were: I, Merab Turava, Tamar Laliashvili and Murman Isaev. So, they resorted to other means to get rid of us. They fired us through a disciplinary penalty even though we did not violate anything. It was solely a political decision. We were undesirable judges for them in the transitional period because we were not adopting decrees of their choice. At 3 O’clock in the early morning of 25 December 2006 they announced to us that we were dismissed from our positions. The accusing side was led by Mr Nika Gvaramia, while Mrs Nino Kalandadze was in the commission.”

“Now we are waiting for the decision of the Strasburg court. In the meantime, we – as public representatives - continue our fight for justice till the end. I am sure we would revoke our status in the nearest future,” – says Nino Gvenetadze.

The second judge who was fired from the Supreme Court in 2006 against his will is Merab Turava. “The then General Prosecutor Zurab Adeishvili reported to Mikheil Saakashvili we were opposing them and warned him that the judges could stage counter-revolution. It was then when they proposed to us to leave the court on our own,” – recalls Turava.

“There were specific criminal cases on which we made acquitting judgments against the will of the Authorities. To forbear the process from escalation, they decided to fill the court only with those judges who would never resist them and would approve any wish of the prosecution without any criticism,” – reflects Turava. He continues that judges of highly docile character towards the Authorities and prosecution were transferred to the Supreme Court.

“When Zurab Adeishvili became General Prosecutor, he installed prosecution officers in every court. In this way he got rid of the necessity to call and instruct judges on every occasion. Similarly, he appointed prosecutors as chairmen of the Tbilisi City Court, Kutaisi Appellation and City Courts and as heads of administrative chamber, district courts and appellations. This is how he turned the entire system into reliable and trustworthy instrument for the Authorities. Interestingly, they exclusively assigned specific judges to Bidzina Ivanishvili and Georgian Dream. These judges handled manifestation cases and financial penalties, and would issue pro-Governmental verdicts,” – narrates Turava.

Newspaper Entire Week contacted the Press Center of the Supreme Court for comments but received a dismissing reply that they have no specific position on that and therefore are unable to make any comment.

“As there is no work day today, we do not have a consolidated stance on the matter and hence cannot make any comment,” – stated the press service.

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