‘TBILISI MAYOR’S CONFESSION IS SIGNIFICANT PROOF’
16 June, 2011
‘TBILISI MAYOR’S CONFESSION IS SIGNIFICANT PROOF’

Tax services began simultaneous inspection of several firms that are part of our Media Holding.

Preventive act of solidarity was conducted and under the initiative of the ‘Council of Journalistic Ethics Charter’ more than a hundred journalists, NGO and political parties’ members and ordinary citizens gathered at ‘MediaPalitra’ office.

 


an>

Actually, if authorities are honest with people they mustn’t be afraid of professional solidarity. Professional solidarity is the basis of civil society and the civil society should be considered by government of a civilized country as a partner, not as a foe. We discussed in details juridical and moral aspects of this and other events with Vakhtang Khmaladze, a constitutionalist.

 

V.K. – According to the law it’s a legitimate process but it’s to be considered that inventory shouldn’t hinder functioning of an enterprise. If such a thing happens, it’s infringement of a law and the enterprise is authorized to demand compensation of losses through court. As for the planned inspection, it should be clarified – what is its schedule.

It’s more interesting to find out why all six enterprises of the Holding were included in the list of planned inspection. Such lists are made through a computer program. If this is so, the probability that a computer ‘by chance’ displayed six enterprises of one and the same Holding equals zero. This gave rise to the doubt that the planned inspection is not based upon a legitimate basis. This assumption is quite naturally connected with the functioning of ‘MediaPalitra’ and presumably the authorities don’t like it. Specifically it’s about showing of videos of May 26 rally dispersion through internet-television, a component part of Media Holding. The information gained by the journalists was disseminated without restriction. Neither me and probably nor you have obvious documents proving this but the logics of unfolding events enables us to have such a doubt.

Q.- Representatives of almost all mass media means gathered in ‘MediaPalitra’ yard…

V.K. – It’s to be noted that expression of solidarity was manifested despite ‘MadiaPalitra’. It is very significant. My saying of this is backed by the fact that quite accidentally I witnessed the beginning of this process. Representatives of all mass media except those controlled by authorities gathered at ‘MediaPalitra’. Appearance of even those who in ordinary life have no or, possibly, strained relations clearly indicate at increased civil self-consciousness.

I think expression of solidarity to ‘MediaPalitra’ will be enough a sign for the authorities to be very cautious and not to dare to do something they are able of doing somewhere else. It’s quite obvious that if tax service finds out some infringements in the Media Holding organizations and it isn’t well documented for the people, it will be followed by keen reaction not only on part of only journalists but of parties and NGOs as well. What’s more, in case there is even an attempt of repressive actions it will result in huge scandal.

Not only the Georgian people but international organizations as well as diplomatic corps will display sharp response. For this reason I don’t think the authorities will dare take such a risk.

We as well as authorities should consider that such pricks won’t be left without attention or reaction.

Q. – Gigi Ugulava, the Mayor of Tbilisi declared at the on-line conference: ‘When the motorcade rushed in and 10 policemen fell down, information was momentarily spread that policemen were massively killed. It’s like this in the whole world – the police react very keenly on a policeman’s death. Excessive use of force was conditioned by this. Afterwards, the Minister’s interference became obligatory in order to neutralize the emotional charge’.  What are the legislative and moral aspects of this topic?

V.K. – I’ve heard this during a TV broadcast. One moment was very significant: excessive use of force continued for about ten minutes. From the purely legislative point of view, Ugulava in this case is a witness, having reliable information that is one of the important proofs for investigation. I mean his rank as well as public declaration that he had enough information about the event. In the ‘testimony’ of the witness he actually confessed that on May 26 the police used excessive force. Besides, it’s seen well on the video-tape how they beat the handcuffed citizens with batons when taking them out from the ‘Rustaveli’ cinema at the end of dispersion of the rally. There is no legal justification of excessive use of force and there can’t be any. Let’s draw a simple example: suppose we, together with a friend, are walking along the street. Suddenly a car rushes from the corner and runs the friend down. The driver stops the car, gets out of it and comes to us. Does this give us right to attack him and start beating, and what’s more – kill him? According to the law, if we act like that we’ll be perpetrators. We’ll be even a worse perpetrator if the driver runs away and we, being angry with him, start crashing other cars and beating the drivers. Was not it the case at the Rustaveli Ave? If they got irritated due to somebody’s action, why did they attack others? Can it be embraced by any law? I think this example is quite sufficient to say that despite anything the police didn’t have to use excessive force.

From Ugulava’s words it follows that if somebody shot a policeman did they have to perform manslaughter on the basis of excitement?

 

Print
Other Stories
Tbilisi sign may appear on the Funicular hill
Hollywood has become a source of inspiration for many people worldwide. A similar idea from a Tbilisi citizen sounds very clever and attractive.
Russia was at an undeclared war with Georgia for years - Matthew Bryza
I think anybody who has observed how Russia has been conducting its war in Ukraine should realize that Russia was at war with Georgia, an undeclared war for years,
Tbilisi Park is due to open in Buenos-Aires
Tbilisi Park is due to open in the capital of Argentina, Buenos-Aires. The decision was recently made by the city parliament.
Young people detained by occupying forces in the Truso gorge
Some young Georgian hikers have recently been detained by armed forces in the Truso gorge. They have been accused of illegally crossing the so-called border into the occupied Tskhinvali region.
Wildfire in Khashuri, Tseda village
Fire broke out yesterday in Khashuri, Tseda village, in the forest.
Travel between Ukraine and Georgia for both countries’ citizens to be allowed only by electronic ID cards
The Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has announced that the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine will be able to travel in and out of both countries using only electronic ID cards.
Why does the Georgians love John McCain?
John McCain, Senator, and former Presidential candidate of the USA died on the 25th of August, 2018. He was diagnosed with lioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer last year.
The IBSU Conundrum
Teachers, students and students-to-be all took to the streets when the news broke that the International Black Sea University, one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, wouldn’t be admitting new students into its ranks this year.
Angela Merkel arrives in Georgia
German chancellor Angela Merkel has already arrived in Georgia.
German media about possible reasons for  Merkel’s visit to Georgia
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Tbilisi today, expectations are high and both the Georgian and German media are speculating about the possible results of the visit.
Angela Merkel to visit Georgia on August 23
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia on the 23rd of August. Her plan is to visit the Caucasus states of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Georgian presidential candidate to Journalists –“Shake your brain!”
“Journalists should shake their brains” – said Georgian presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili to journalists.
What does Giorgi Margvelashvili own?
The presidential election will be held on 28th of October, 2018 in Georgia. The President Giorgi Margvelashvili has not yet confirmed his participation in the election.
"Father returned for mother ... then the bomb landed …”
10 years on, this is a different August. But this month is a time of remembrance and of hard memories and hurt.
The World talks about the 2008 war
On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, 20% of Georgia continues to be occupied by Russian military forces who also seem intent of further encroachment on Georgian territory.
Georgia hosts high ranking guests for the 10th anniversary of the 2008 war
Ten years have passed since the Russian military intervention in Georgia,in August, 2008.
 10 Years Anniversary of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia – “Mission supports stability and security on the ground”
10 years have now passed since the August 2008 war between Georgia and Russia and still we face a huge daily threat. Certain parts of Georgia continue to be occupied even today.
Heroin seized near Georgia-Azerbaijan State Border
Border Police from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs have arrested a 28 year old individual.
After ten years from the 2008 war, borderization continues
It is ten years since the 2008 August war between Russia and Georgia.
Multinational Noble Partner training 2018 has launched
The multinational Noble Partner training 2018 commenced on the 1st of August.
National Democratic Institute publishes the latest survey
Poll results released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia show growing dissatisfaction about the state of the country’s economy, environment, and political climate going into the presidential election.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze needs 5 more Regional Governors
At a recent Government press conference Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Prime Minister of Georgia, announced that new Governors for the following regions are required:
German government plans to recognize Georgia among safe countries
The German government will shortly approve a law, which enables the countries such as Georgia, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to be recognized as safe countries
Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about Georgia’s prospects for EU membership
Georgia is a country that wants to become member of the EU, but how does it look from Brussels?
Military equipment and techniques created by Georgians
Delta is a Military, Scientific and Technical Provider.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
24.09.2018
25.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6216
2.6226
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
3.0868
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
3.4416
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340
3.9814
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6226
EUR
1
EUR
3.0868
GBP
1
GBP
3.4416
RUB
100
RUB
3.9814