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07 Apr 2021

Statement of the State Inspector’s Service

An employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was charged in a criminal case under investigation of the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service.

Following the investigation carried out by the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service, it was established that on 4 December 2020, the junior inspector of LEPL Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who was performing his official duties around the Public Service Hall, got engaged in a conflict with the citizen who wanted to get the service at Public Service Hall.

Based on the conflict, the junior inspector of LEPL Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs hit the citizen with a portable radio station (so-called “walkie-talkie”) in the head several times. As a result of the incident, the citizen got a bodily injury.

On 8 December 2020, based on the report received from the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, an investigation was launched on the commission of a crime prescribed by Article 333 (3) (b) of the Criminal Code of Georgia – exceeding official powers using violence.

Dozens of investigative and procedural actions have been carried out by the Investigative Department of the Service, namely, a crime scene and other objects containing relevant information have been inspected, around 20 witnesses have been interviewed, a crime instrument has been seizedvideo recordings and other important information have been requested, forensic and other expert examinations have been conducted.

The Office of the General Prosecutor issued a ruling on the indictment of the junior inspector of LEPL Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the grounds of Article 333 (3) (b) of the Criminal Code of Georgia. The charge against the employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was brought by the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service.