Interior minister candidate: pardoning murderer of policeman unacceptable

Candidates for the cabinet of ministers are being heard by MPs in parliament, following the resignation of Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze on September 2. Photo: State Security Service of Georgia, 05 Sep 2019 - 21:47, Tbilisi,Georgia

The candidate for interior minister and current head of the State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri said it is unacceptable for him to pardon an individual who has been charged with murdering a police officer. 

Responding to journalists questions earlier today, Gomelauri said that no one, who has committed heavy crimes, should be pardoned, especially the one charged for killing an officer. 

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has recently pardoned 34 individuals including Ramaz Devadze, who has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on murder charges of a police officer Tarash Mukbaniani in Georgia’s Black Sea town of Batumi in 2014. 

Zurabishvili's decision to pardon Devadze has been widely criticised by members of opposition and ruling party as well, including Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze.