15 Mar 2011

Corruption Arrests in Georgia

On February 4, 2011, Georgian news agencies were reporting the arrest of three officials who had allegedly leased state property illegally. Director of the Children’s National Center, Mr Valery Jokhadze, director of the Vocational Educational Center at the Education Ministry, Mr Zaza Avaliani and his deputy, Mr Murman Khvedelidze, have been detained by General Prosecutor’s office.

The men are suspected of conducting illegal activities that led to a total net worth loss for the state of approximately USD 389,000.

Detention of the officials representing the ministry of education and science and the ministry of sport and youth affairs was reported by Georgi Kondakhashvili, investigator of the anti-corruption department at Georgia’s main general prosecutor’s office at a briefing on Friday, who also point out that the case was not incidental and that it was part of a task-oriented policy.

From the beginning of 2011 the Anti-corruption department at Georgia’s Main General Prosecutor’s office started checking legal use of state immovable property, – Kondakhashvili emphasized in his speech.

Source; Georgia Times, Three corrupt officials arrested in Georgia