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Press-Conference of Human Rights Center about the Case of Assault on Lasha Tordia

06.11.2018

 
Human Rights Center defends interests of the former chief auditor of Georgia Lasha Tordia. The HRC lawyer Eka Kobesashvili is involved in legal proceedings over his case in accordance to the procedural law. 

On May 13, 2017, ex-chief prosecutor of Georgia Otar Partskhaladze and his allies assaulted the Chief Auditor Lasha Tordia. The assault was connected with his professional activities and not with his personal life.

Human Rights Center protests that the probe into the case started under Article 126 of the Criminal Code of Georgia as it does not punish the crime committed against an individual because of his/her professional duties. The investigation should be re-qualified into the Article 3531 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which refers to the assault on a state official because of his/her professional activities. 

Also, it is significant to note that as a result of the assault, Lasha Tordia received grave injuries of body, including close trauma of skull. Regardless that fact, he does not have victim status yet. Otar Partskhaladze’s lawyer also confirmed with media that the Chief Auditor had injuries and added that during the incident his client was forced to use so-called proportional power [against Tordia] to immediately neutralize him. It is absolutely groundless to speak about proportional power because nobody except Lasha Tordia was injured in the incident.

Although senior official of the Financial Police Mikheil Chokheli also participated in the physical assault of Lasha Tordia, the investigation has not got interested in it at all.

Human Rights Center believes the investigation shall be conducted under active supervision of the Parliament of Georgia as the case is about the assault on the head of the constitutional body – State Audit Office, because of his professional activities. 

Human Rights Center welcomes the decision of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office to interrogate the former chief prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze and to bring charge against him. However, the HRC does not have detailed information about ongoing investigation procedures as Lasha Tordia still does not have victim status. Consequently, the organization and the lawyer who defend his rights do not have access to case files.  

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