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Georgia will punish Givi Targamadze?2013-02-15 19:09
One of the most mysterious members of the Georgian parliament Givi Targamadze is now in the center of a scandal involving the activities of the Russian opposition. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has found him guilty of organizing and financing the unrest in Moscow. Now Targamadze is in the international wanted list. What do they think about this in Tbilisi? Should Georgian politician be extradited to Russia, or he must be tried under the Georgian law?
Georgian experts call Targamadze one of the most mysterious figures in contemporary politics, whose name has always been associated with the revolutions in Georgia and beyond. "The activities of this man have always been enveloped in mist and mystery", expert on political issues Georgi Khutsishvili told GeorgiaTimes. "We have repeatedly received information about his participation in some covert operations. When a few years ago there was spread information about a possible attack on the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Targamadze's name also was involved in these processes: allegedly he had tried to help the Belarusian opposition and participated in some processes in the country. Later there appeared this famous footage of his involvement in the preparation of anti-government
protests in Russia. I believe that this activity was absolutely incompatible with his status as a head of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security. Regarding Targamadze's putting into the international search by the law enforcement agencies of Russia, in my view, the Parliament and the government of Georgia must determine their reaction. But I find it difficult to give a legal assessment on Targamadze's activities in Russia and to assess whether he has violated the law", said Khutsishvili.
Lawyers do not preclude prosecution of Targamadze in Georgia. "After the signing of the agreement on cooperation in the legal field between the CIS in 1993, which is operating today, Georgia has a right to examine the evidence against Targamadze", the lawyer and human rights activist Dmitry Lordkipanidze said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "Of course, under the Constitution Givi Targamadze cannot be extradited to the Russian side, but if his actions are proved to be cooperation with intelligence agencies or the organizations of other countries posing a threat to the security of Georgia or the reputation of our country, then I think there is a basis for criminal charges against Targamadze within Georgia. If Moscow proves his guilty, it is necessary to assess this fact basing on the Georgian legislation", said Lordkipanidze.
"In this case I cannot trust the Russian justice", expert on political issues Kakha Gogolashvili said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes. "When we're speaking of organizing mass unrest in Moscow, under "unrest" they mean dispersal of the peaceful protest and its participants. Of course, for Georgia this is not a positive thing when its people, or rather the authorities are involved in any political activities in other countries. But in this case, the decision of the Russian prosecutor's office is not authority for me. Perhaps, they are trying to "make" a criminal case against Russian opposition, and the figure of Targamadze was just what they needed. I can say that Russia has got an additional political argument against Georgia. I can say nothing about the authenticity of the footage - as far as I know, on the Internet there are two different videos of conversation between Udaltsov and Targamadze. Most likely, this meeting has taken place, but I hesitate to say whether they were talking about the organizations of any disorder", said Gogolashvili.