POLITICS
SHOULD COMMISSION BE SET UP?
27 June, 2013
‘Chkhatarashvili is the right hand of Khukhashvili, the most important figure and chief advisor of the government and chief architect of Prosecutor’s Office affairs’, declared Saakashvili; he named former Constitutional Security Department (CSD) high-ranks Davit Chkhatarashvili and Levan Kardava as masterminds of the horrors recorded on the video. We asked Gia Khukhashvili, Prime Minister’s advisor to make comments.
Q. – When the Interior Ministry showed the videos of torture to the diplomatic corps, media and NGOs, a question was asked
– why can’t people see them too?
A. – It’s very difficult to watch. It was a right decision to show it in this format. Former authorities are trying to present the situation as if they are persecuted but so far as this rhetoric doesn’t work here, they are attempting to create such an impression in the West.
Q. – Wasn’t making of these videos public some kind of an answer on evaluation of US Congress that allegedly the authorities are politically persecuting the opponents?
A. – Now we can tell the Congress – see the facts and then make decision. Besides the ambassadors it was important to show the videos to the part of our society that enjoys high trust of people.
Q. – The President says that he knew nothing about it and as for the former Interior Minister it’s a spontaneous activity and not a systemic crime.
A. – It’s a systemic crime that was happening in every segment. The same was true for the economic system – they would arrest a person and took the notary directly to the cell in order to register the property on another person’s name. They deprived the property through oppression and threat, indirectly raping the inmates.
Q. – Saakashvili mentioned Davit Chkhatarashvili, former CSD and Prosecutor’s Office high-rank as your right hand…
A. – Chkhatarashvili has never worked with me and will never do. When the President connected Chkhatarashvili with the Interior Ministry crimes, by this he actually confessed that it was a systemic crime because Chkhatarashvili was Deputy Chief Prosecutor.
Saakashvili’s regime must by all means be kept responsible for the terrible cruelty.
Q. – What is the use of destruction of the films when the authorities know that the ‘National Movement’ possesses the copies?
A. – Destruction of the films makes no 100% -guarantee that they won’t surface in future. This process has two motifs: first – the authorities reject actions of this type and second – destruction of the videos is included in the amnesty package. If a person possessing these videos will voluntarily hand them, he will be free from responsibility. This will facilitate to maximally localize the problem. As for spying, persecution, etc. such videos will be used by investigation. They must be protected in order to avoid their leakage.
Q. – Regardless the fact that investigation is on, with regard to videos ‘National Movement’ is demanding to set up a Parliamentary commission.
A. – It’s an absurd to set up a Parliamentary commission on a current criminal case. When investigation is over and the case closed, if there are any questions left then it’ll be possible to set up such a commission.
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