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Interpol takes aim at Georgian motorists

2013-05-24 15:14

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What should do the Georgian motorists who have suddenly discovered that their car was wanted by Interpol? Can the government take away these cars from the owners if they had purchased them legally? While lawyers are arguing about who should pay compensation to the victims, more than two hundred cars are rusting at penalty parkings, and their owners are even forced to pay for this service.


Michael bought BMW in 2011. After a few days he was stopped by a police patrol. The car, by the way, his first car that he was so proud of, was delivered to the penalty parking. It turned out that this car was wanted by Interpol for 10 years. "I do not know what to do," he says. "This car changed four owners before me, each time it was checked by the police, and they found no problems. And now they tell me that the car is wanted by Interpol and took it away," Michael said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.

But that's not all. The owner has to pay 1,500 lari for the stay of car at the penalty parking. It turns out that he has lost the car but obtained the debt. "They say the investigation is underway. More than a year has passed, and no one knows when it will be completed," said Michael.

This is not an isolated case. Currently in Georgia, there are instituted 235 criminal cases over the cars that are wanted by Interpol. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. After all, it applies only to the discovered cars. And any motorist can find himself in place of Michael. The fact is that the stolen vehicles that are wanted by Interpol are being detected mainly during the sale. The system tracing such cars appeared in Georgia a little more than a year ago. If a resident of the country had acquired a car, say, three years ago, then it may be taken away and returned to the rightful owner. At the same time, the concept of "legitimate" owner in this case is quite vague, since after the delivery of a car, say, from Germany or Japan, it changes the owner several times, being checked by law enforcement agencies during the re-registration. But it turns out this is not a solid guarantee for the motorists protecting their private property.

The police staff says that a car often has a fake VIN-code - a special unique number on the car body. Previously, they did not pay attention to these "nuances," but now the verification of a car through Interpol is a indispensable condition for registration. While ordinary motorists are suffering from such innovations.

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