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Georgian MIA: Coercive measures can be applied to Gigi Ugulava2013-02-11 14:37
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia does not preclude coercive measures against the Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava by the law enforcement agencies if he fails to appear for interrogation on Monday, February 11. According to the News-Georgia, this was announced on Monday by the Interior Ministry.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The refuse to testify is a criminal offense. According to the Article 371 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, the refusal to testify is a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to 4 years", the Interior Ministry declared.
In the statement the Ministry noted that although according to the Code from October 9, 2009, a person may not be compelled to be delivered for questioning, this rule comes into force on December 1, 2013.
It was noted that under the current rules, the witness is obliged to come to the investigation, prosecutor's office or at the request of the court, and to give all the known evidence on the existing case, the GHN reported.
"The investigators warns the Mayor Ugulava, if he does not fulfill the obligations imposed by the procedural law of the criminal law and does not appear to testify, his omission would be considered a refusal of the witness to testify, and coercive measures would be applied under the law against him", stressed in the statement.