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Opposition boosts law-enforcement reform

02.02.2009  |  17:20

5/0/7/1507.jpeg"Movement for Fair Georgia" opposition party that was founded and is chaired by ex Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli suggests reformation of the country's law-enforcement structures. The oppositionists insist on investigation of notorious cases that give rise to doubt.

According to "Novosti-Gruzia" IA it was announced by one of the party's leaders Petre Mamradze (ex head of government chancellery) at the press conference on January 29.


As he says the supporting pillars of the authoritarian regime that has been formed in Georgia are the Interior Ministry, Prosecution structures and the institutions that are illegally subordinate to the authorities above.

Mamradze also stated: "The Interior Ministry, Prosecutor's Office and Financial police leaders have long been a repressive instrument in the hands of the governing team that has put itself above the law".

Further he concluded that excess funding for these structures from the state budget was direct evidence that the governing team considers them as the infrastructure for preserving power.

"Movement for Fair Georgia" leader presented no exact reformation plan. He made a few general statements including provision of democratic control over the structures, reduction of funding down to 2% of GDP and "abolishment of levers for political persecution".

By the way a few days before that the party's leader Nogaideli presented a model of the Georgian army reform. It was much more specific.

The model relies on the armed forces consisting of professionals with ex servicemen going to the army reserve. The expenditure must be reduced. "Movement for Fair Georgia" leader made the following explanation: "The armed forces must consume only 2% of GDP annually, not 7% as it was last year, or 4% as it is planned for 2009".

It is not impossible that such specific information will make part of the police force reform quite soon. By the way lately "Movement for Fair Georgia" has been calling people's attention to notorious cases, the investigation of which is not advantageous to the government.

First of all it's the death of "Rose Revolution" ideologist, ex Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania.

Nogaideli, who used to be his colleague, promised on First Channel to crack the mystery of Zhvania's death on January 3. The official cause of his death is natural gas poisoning. Murder is among numerous other versions.

At the end of last week Zhvania's wife Nino Kadaghidze came forward with a political statement: shortly before death Zurab Zhvania thought of leaving Georgia as he could no more put up with what was happening in the country. "All his relatives are convinced his death was not a tragic accident", - she emphasized.

Now many are wondering what exactly Zurab Nogaideli will say tomorrow. And will it lead to resumption of Zhvania case investigation? Besides the limitation period for this claim has not expired yet.  

Return to the case will be another blow to Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili whose office the leaders of "Movement of Fair Georgia" are calling for reform.

Merabishvili is becoming one of those whom the opposition is criticizing and discrediting not less than Saakashvili.

Military 2008, full of events and conflicts has ended for Georgia by the speech of Sozar Subari, a people's defender. He accused Vano Merabishvili of secret conspiracy against the nation: "The head of Interior Ministry ordered to strike protesters mainly on the kidney and on the stomach and in extreme cases on the face. He said then that no protester should be left unbeaten in order to prevent further actions of protest".

Not long ago Georgian media had an idea that in connection with the anti-president actions Georgia's government might change the strategy and would agree to dismiss the head of the state on condition that the governing team would stay in power. reports that Ramaz Sakvarelidze, a politologist, considers it possible that Vano Merabishvili might run for president. "This person possesses sufficient administrative resource in order to have a convincing victory in the elections", - the politologist thinks.

Doubtless the opposition will try not to allow that. It disclosed other facts connected with the powerful official's involvement before: apart from Zhvania's death interpretation beneficial for the authorities, this is involvement in the murder of Sandro Gvirgvliani, a "United Georgian Bank" employee, beating of Valery Gelashvili, a Republican deputy. 

In 2006 all this was mentioned by the opposition at the parliament's hour. However the head of the Interior Ministry quickly snatched the initiative abandoning the role of a respondent and turning into a prosecutor. There was nothing left to do for the opposition but leave the conference hall in defiant silence.

Now even the parliamentary opposition demanded establishment of the committee for investigation of November 7 2007 protest action dispersal with Merabishvili being the principal respondent.

Irina Ptashkovskaya


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