Georgia, International Criminal Court sign deal on enforcement of justice

Georgian Justice Ministry says that with agreement ICC says that the Georgian penitentiary system is in line with international standards. Photo: Ministry of Justice press office., 24 Jan 2019 - 17:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have signed an agreement today regarding the enforcement of justice.

The agreement refers to Georgia’s involvement in the ICC justice enforcement system and says that Georgia is ready to receive certain individuals convicted by the international court in its prisons.

Based on the agreement Georgia has the right to discuss individual cases and only after make a decision whether to receive a convict.

The Georgian Justice Ministry says that as of now there is now necessity from the side of ICC to use Georgian prisons for enforcement of justice, as the number of convicts is not high.

Negotiations to sign the agreement was launched in 2015 with the initiative of the ICC. Photo:Justice Ministry press office. 

If the situation is changed the Georgian penitentiary system will be able to support the ICC,” the Justice Ministry says.

The ministry reports that by  signing the agreement the ICC confirms that the Georgian penitentiary system is in line with international standards.

The agreement strongly benefits the country’s international image,” the ministry says.

ICC had signed such an agreement with the countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia and the Great Britain.

ICC, which is headquartered in The Hague, prosecutes individuals, not states, for international crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

ICC is currently investigating the Russia-Georgia 2008 war.