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Georgian parliament committee dismisses 4 MPs over irregularity & fraud

The Procedural Issues Committee of the Georgian Parliament approved the suspension of the MP, also remained as a former speaker and three opposition leaders on Monday.

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The Procedural Issues Committee of the Georgian Parliament approved the suspension of the MP, also remained as a former speaker and three opposition leaders on Monday.

The Committee discussed the termination of the former speaker Kakhaber Kuchava based on his personal written application of December 27, 2021.

According to the Committee, the leading opposition members Elene Khoshtaria from the Dora party, Shalva Natelashvili from Labour Party and Badri Japaridze from Lelo were the main subjects of the discussion along with Kakhaber Kuchava of  Georgian Dream Party.

To formally suspend the four politicians, the Committee’s decision will be voted on by the Parliament, with at least 76 members in the 150- member body.

According to Irakli Kadagishvili, MP Natelashvili was absent for 15 days of the autumn session of the Parliament without any solid reason and failed to submit the required documents as mentioned under Rules of Procedure as a valid excuse.

Irakli Kadagishvili also noted the Committee considers according to subparagraph “c”, paragraph 2, Article 6 of the Rules of Procedure and according to the Constitution, the Parliament is empowered to terminate him for his status of MP.

Moreover, for Badri Japaridze from the Lelo party, the termination was considered as he was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by Tbilisi City Court on January 12, along with TBC co-founder and Lelo leader Mamuka Khazaradze. Japaridze was a co-founder of TBC Bank. Their sentence was waived due to some statute of limitations.

Currently, there are 147 MPs, out of which 119 are men while 28 are women. The term length of each MP in Georgia is four years.

The Committee also discussed the termination of the credentials for Elene Khoshtaria. The reason is the same as for Sh. Natelashvili – absence at 15 plenaries without any good reason and failed to submit the required documents as mentioned under Rules of Procedure as a valid excuse.

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