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New prosecutor promises transparency2009-09-30 09:34
Georgia is facing personnel changes again. First Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Legal Matters Murtaz Zodelava was appointed Chief Prosecutor of Georgia. Part of the parliamentary opposition disapproves of this appointment, while Saakashvili is strengthening his positions, assigning his supporters to the key posts. The journalists forecast a "personnel whirlwind".
According to RIA Novosti, First Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Legal Matters Murtaz Zodelava was appointed Chief Prosecutor of Georgia on Monday. Zodelava replaced Mamuka Gvamaria, who had been occupying the post of the Chief Prosecutor since November 2008 and who is now going to become Prosecutor of Tbilisi.
The new Chief Prosecutor has already reported that his main priority is "the liberalization of criminal policy, transparency and enforcement of the elements of the in-structure protection of the human rights". However, as Zodelava underlined, it does not mean that the work in other directions will be given less attention. According to Rosbalt, Zodelava explained that criminality control including corruption control is going to become the primary point of the work of the Chief Prosecutor's Office.
Considering the fact that the opposition insists upon the independence of the Georgian jurisdiction and the post of Chief Prosecutor is now occupied by one of the loyal representatives of the ruling National Movement, one should not expect any drastic changes in Themis' administration in the nearest future.
It should also be noted that after the summer time-out, while the opposition is getting into the swing of things, Mikhail Nikolaevitch is hastily strengthening his positions. At the end of August, he replaced head of the Ministry of Defense, having appointed one of his most loyal supporters Bacho Akhalaya as Miniser of Defense.
The oppositionists were indignant, being liberal of statements and accusations. As they assured, Saakashvili needed Akhalaya's "firm hand" to get rid of the dissidents. The oppositional Way of Georgia applied to the foreign partners and, first of all, to the Americans as the main sponsors of the Georgian Army to draw their attention to the purposeful aggression against the country's armed forces. In the name of the Georgian Army the authorities were damaging the Georgian nationality.
Former ombudsman Sozar Subari referred to the new Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaya as to "a criminal". In the opinion of Subari, there are enough facts to initiate a criminal case against Akhalaya, who might "use the Army for settling domestic problems, as well as against the opposition".