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Georgian Public Defender intends to fine the Interior Minister2009-05-05 13:04
The office of the Public Defender (ombudsman) of Georgia accused Vano Merabhishvili, the Interior Minister of Georgia, of non-provision of the requested footage, shot by observing cameras in Rustaveli Avenue [since April 9th -the place of constant anti-presidential protest action], the statement issued on Monday, claims - Novosti Gruzii.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the ombudsman's office, on May 6th Sozar Subari intends to write a protocol of administrative infraction in regard to the Interior Ministry head, and in accordance with this document he will be assessed from 20 to 40 minimal wages (In Georgia the minimal wage amounts GEL 135, approximately USD 80).
On April 10th the ombudsman addressed Merabishvili with a letter and requested to provide his office daily with the videotapes necessary for performance of his duties, implied by the Georgian Constitution and the law on the Public Defender.
The Interior Minister and the Ministry didn't satisfy the demand of the Public Defender and gave no answer,- the office's statement claims. The ombudsman's office claims that in this way the code of administrative infractions was violated.
The minister was informed that his presence at writing the protocol is necessary. In case he wouldn't come, the protocol will be composed de bene esse. The document will be sent to Tbilisi city court for consideration, the copy will be sent to the Minister. According to the statement, the ombudsman's office reiterates its call for the Interior Ministry to provide the requested video materials.