‘SECRET RECORDINGS ARE STILL AT PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE’
25 October, 2012

 

As it seems, in the law-enforcement structures there are lots of facts, documents and scandalous video recordings regarding the criminal activity of state officials that thanks to certain reasons haven’t yet seen the day-light. The scandalous interview of our respondent is actually an example and confirmation of abomination that reigned in the country during all this time. Businessman Gia Omiadze discusses the issues of crimes committed by the state functionaries and their close relatives and how

they were protected by the high-ranking officials.

 

A. - I had a construction business. For construction you naturally need some land and I used to buy it at auctions. For the next purchase I went to the Mayor’s office where I met a certain Rezo Nodia. He introduced himself as a member of tender commission and promised to arrange things connected with the land and drawings and to arrange that one square meter of land would be put up for auction for GEL 25. For the drawings and preliminary work he asked for $ 400 and I paid the sum. Time elapsed but Nodia did nothing. Soon it became clear that he was no member of any commission. I thought he was a swindler and I was cheated; but later it became evident that he was one of the members of Ugulava’s corruptive schemes and deals that included Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava’s wife’s close relatives. While Nodia was promising me to arrange things, the land was put up for auction and official price for 1sq. m. was GEL 65.

Two days before the auction Nodia asked me to meet him. He came together with unknown people. As they said, unless I paid $50.000, they’d foil the auction and then put the land up on the next auction for another price or freeze it and in this case I’d lose money (i.e. advance). The land price was GEL 280.000. Out of this sum I had already advanced 80 thousand. They told me to pay $ 50.000 and Gigi Ugulava’s wife’s cousin would arrange it with Ugulava.

The meeting took place at a secret flat on Poti Street. The first question that came to my mind was – who they were, what money they were talking about and what auction they’d foil. They said Gigi Ugulava’s wife’s cousin was involved in this; I had to immediately give him $5.000 and the remaining $45.000 – afterwards, after the auction was held and the land became mine. I asked, why they were demanding money when the land price was already high.

Q. - Maybe a group of swindlers was using Gigi Ugulava’s name…

A. – The meeting was planned and the person interested in my land turned up to be Lasha Gogiashvili, Ugulava’s wife’s cousin. He asked me why I came without money when I had to bring $5.000. He told me to hand him money the same day or otherwise I could reckon that the auction was wrecked I lost the land together with the money.

I decided to address law-enforcement structures and declare about the case. I went to the chief prosecutor’s office and wrote an application. A special operation was planned – they fixed a hidden camera on me, marked the money. Ugulava’s wife’s cousin and his team appointed the meeting in an office in Mtatsminda district; there I handed over the money and everybody was arrested but the case was hushed up as if nothing had happened, nobody learnt anything about it. Next morning Ugulava’s wife’s cousin together with five persons was freed. In exactly three days after this event I simultaneously received a notice from the city prosecutor’s office and court. The Mayor’s office was asking to institute legal proceedings against me, and in parallel the Mayor’s office brought the case to court for administrative offence.

Q. – On what ground?

A. – In 2006 I bought 10.000 square meters of land on auction. In accordance with regulations I paid advance and after winning the auction I had to cover the remaining sum of GEL 525.000 in two months time. After signing the agreement I was told that they had made a mistake and the land was without the permission for construction. I asked, what was the use of 10.000 square meters of land in Tbilisi without the permission for construction, should I use it for grazing cows or what? They promised to correct the mistake. In a nutshell, they delayed the case for 6 months. It took the Mayor’s office 6 months to settle the mistake. As soon as I was given the right for construction the same day I paid the money. In short, due to their fault it was delayed for 4 months, wasn’t it? Well, and this was used by Gigi Ugulava. They summed up penalties, penalties’ penalties, fines and in 2012 they filed a case in administrative court demanding to fine me for GEL 600.000. By the way, later I found out that there was no mistake made in 2006.

It was Ugulava’s revenge. If I was guilty why nobody got interested in this case? if I wasn’t paying for budget for 5 years, did they pardon me? After changing the situation in the country I’ll of course start litigation. The record of special operation is kept in public prosecutor’s office. I’ll by all means demand its publication. This case couldn’t vanish because there was procedural agreement with those people.

It was a scandalous scheme of expropriation and blackmail that was decoded by general prosecutor with my help but to no avail. Up today the secret record is at prosecutor’s office. Payment of GEL 600.000 was imposed on me for nothing.

Dimitri Lordkipanidze, lawyer: ‘I think that every case connected with criminal activity of people in the highest echelons of powers should become the instance of special consideration on part of legislative bodies. The issue of keeping the documents must also be studied because I have some information that the functionaries still in power are actively working to make the documentary material vanish.

 

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