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A law against Ivanishvili

2011-12-31 16:52

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One has to admit the artfulness of the Georgian parliamentarians. After they failed to accuse the opposition of being sponsored by someone not being a citizen of the Caucasian republic, the deputies passed a law that prohibits taking money from legal entities. The zest of this legal innovation is that they had no scruples about giving a retrospective effect to the law, thus having breached international legal standards.


Any sanctions for illegitimate actions being not such at the moment of their execution directly contradict Universal Declaration of Human Rights and European Convention on Human Rights. As a member of the Council of Europe, Georgia has signed and ratified the Convention, so the Georgian authorities have no right to give a retrospective effect to the newly adopted laws. However, this fact did not embarrass the Georgian parliamentarians. They have passed the amendments to the law "On political parties" prohibiting them to receive sponsorship from legal entities and had no scruples about extending its force back into the past.

One may easily guess why these amendments have been adopted. Things became clear when leader of the Powerful Georgia parliamentary fraction Gia Tortladze out of the blue decided to check whether the sponsorship of the opposition - Irakliy Alasania's Free Democrats, as well as the Republican, Conservative and the People's parties - is lawful, and accused them of receiving money from Bidzina Ivanishvili who was deprived of the Georgian citizenship. Now they are handled by Chief Prosecutor's Office. However, it has not got very far: the oppositionists did not deny anything and confirmed being supported by the structures belonging to the businessman, not by him personally. Non-citizen Ivanishvili has no right to sponsor political parties, while the companies registered in the Georgian territory, of which he is a beneficiary, may afford it. As the Chief Prosecutor's Office investigators have found out, the amounts transferred to the opposition do not exceed the legally set limit of one hundred thousand laris. Thus, there were no legal grounds for prosecuting the oppositionists.

But Mr. Tortladze's colleagues decided to create such grounds and adopted amendments prohibiting legal entities to sponsor political parties, thus having deprived the opposition of any opportunities to get money from Bidzina Ivanishvili's structures. That seemed to be enough: the government's opponents are scarcely getting along, since they have got no other legal sources of sponsorship of the antigovernment activities in the republic. Of course, there are membership dues and donations from citizens but the limits imposed on them do not leave the oppositional parties a smallest chance of becoming a match to the pro-government National Movement lavishly sponsored from the budget and the pockets of businessmen being close to the authorities.

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