Transparency International - Georgia comments on Kalandze`s scandal
Transparency International - Georgia has published a special statement regarding the controversy around the candidate for the minister of energy, Kakha Kaladze, who is suspected of facing the conflict of interests as the political figure and the owner of a business company. Kaladze`s Kala Capital LTD has 45% of shares in Sakhydroenergomshesni Company, which conducts energy projects and repair and rehabilitation works on power plants. The NGO calls on the parliament to discuss the issue in time, before the new cabinet is formed. Kaladze has already commented on the dispute saying the procedures of sell off of his shares in the company will begin within ten days since he assumes the office of the minister.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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The officers of VII unit of Old Tbilisi Police Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs pressed charges against representatives of Orthodox clergy: archimandrite of Sameba cathedral church, father Anthimoz (Tamaz) Bichinashvili and monk from "Ioane and Tornike Eristavi convent"
Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and the candidate of the Georgian Dream ruling party for the president, Giorgi Margvelashvili has commented on the investigation of the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, on May17. Margvelashvili says any person should be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II condemns the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on May 17, when the LGBT rally was dispersed by the worshippers and protestors of a counter-demonstration.