The Committee keeps the interviewing the candidates for the Supreme Court Judges.
Today, the Committee heard the 8th candidate, Shalva Tadumadze.
The Chair, Anri Okhanashvili introduced the biographic data of the candidate: 18 years of professional experience. Within October, 2012-April, 2018 he was the Parliamentary Secretary of the Government; within April 2018-July, 2018 he was the Chief of the Governmental Administration, and since July, 2018 up-today he is the Prosecutor General.
Shalva Tadumadze addressed the Committee pursuant to the procedure: “First of all, I would like to thank the High Council of Justice members for this opportunity to speak to you. Today, I am here as the candidate for Supreme Court Judge and I am not going to hide behind my status and will not and cannot use the high ethical norms of the Judge. Correspondingly, I will be sincere in my answers. I hope, the interview will be interesting and I am ready to answer any of your questions and be sincere”.
The questions asked were concerning: authenticity of his Diploma; property declaration; his activity in Prosecutor’s Office; challenges to PO and timely investigation of cases; human rights, Supreme Court practice; institutional mechanism for independent implementation of the Supreme Court Judge activity; TBC Bank case; annulment of immunity for Nikanor Melia; Giga Otkhozoria case; recognition of injured on June 20 as the aggrieved parties; Temirlan Machalikashvili case etc.
MPs asked about his opinion regarding: reason for the Prosecutor General to make the decision been nominated as the candidate; degree of his independence in his profession while the greatest part of his activity is related to the ruling party; whether being elected will cause discomfort him to be in the system with the people who were under pressure while making the decisions.
He was asked to express his position whether Russia is occupant. “Russia is occupant. Holding the Diploma, I had the opportunity to be the Officer of the Armed Forces and it was then when this mentality has been formed: occupant is occupant. I believe that the duty of every Georgian is to express reality that the occupant is occupant!”, - he noted.
The National Movement MP Tinatin Bokuchava stated that Malkhaz Machalikashvili is prevented from attending the sitting.
In response, A. Okhanashvili stated that M. Machalikashvili has not appealed to the Committee for admittance, though he still is allowed to attend. He addressed the representatives of OSCE/ODIHR to note that attendance is not restricted. “He has not appealed to us for attendance at the sitting. Despite, we have not restricted attendance and offered him to attend the sitting and allocated the zone for the citizens. So, he has his seat and the opportunity to attend the sitting. So, please note that we have not restricted anyone in attendance. Everyone has the opportunity to attend the hall and ask the questions. The seats are distributed according to the questions and monitoring as the representative is wide. Despite, no one is restricted”.
The interview was attended by: Majority Factions and opposition Factions, independent MPs, representatives of Public Defender, NGOs Coalition, Legal Aid Service and Bar Association. The candidate answered the questions of the citizens.
The interview was held according to the American model and monitored by OSCE/ODIHR representation.
Tomorrow, the Committee hears the candidate Zaza Tavadze.