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Govít returns illegally seized properties by previous authorities

By Messenger staff
Thursday, September 15
Georgiaís Chief Prosecutorís Office has announced three individuals who experienced illegal losses under the previous United National Movement Government (UNM) would regain their 13 cars, five ATVs and two land plots.

The total amount of the illegally seized properties in 2008-2010 reached $399,000.

The Prosecutorís Office announced in July 2008 that Georgiaís Constitutional Security Department detained a Georgian citizen Vazha Tsigroshvili and demanded from him the purchase of cars and ATVs in exchange for a plea bargain.

Tsigroshvili was forced to fulfill the demand and bought 13 cars and five ATVs for a total price $216,000, ďfor the state.Ē

Meeting the necessary precondition, the Prosecutorís Office signed a plea bargain with the detainee and he quit a penitentiary facility.

The second and third cases opened by the Prosecutorís Office concerned the illegal seizure of lands.

In particular, citizen of Georgia Pridon Baratashvili purchased 12027,3 square meter of land in Kutaisi.

In 2009, Baratashvili was summoned to the Prosecutorís Office, which demanded that he give 7,000 square meters of land worth of $78,000 to the state, otherwise he would ďface problemsĒ.

Baratashvili had to hand the land plot to the state despite the fact he had legally purchased it.

In the third case, which took place in 2010, citizen of Georgia David Kupatadze was summoned to the Investigation Department of Georgiaís Ministry of Finance, which demanded that he hand his 490 square meter of non-agricultural land plot in Tbilisi to the state, otherwise he would be arrested.

Kupatadze also met the demand and concede his land worth $104,000.

Georgiaís Chief Prosecutorís Office created a special department in 2015 that was tasked with investigating alleged illegalities committed under the UNM, which ran the country in 2003-2012.

Since it was created the Department has:

Opened 44 cases of illegal seizure of property;

Thirty-two state servants were accused of committing crimes;

Seven individuals are being prosecuted;

Discretion has been used in terms of 23 people as they cooperated with the investigation and were not sent to prison;

Investigation was suspended regarding two state servants as they are deceased;

Seventy-nine individuals were recognized as affected by the previous authorities and they regained or will regain their properties worth more than 8 $million.

Among the illegally seized properties were 65 cars, flats, land plots, office and commercial facilities, a vinery, a swimming complex and other real estate.