What criminal charges are filed against recently extradited former UNM official Kardava?

Megis Kardava was arrested in Ukraine on September 11 and was extradited to Georgia earlier today. Photo: IPN.

Agenda.ge, 17 Sep 2021 - 21:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

A total of 11 criminal charges are filed against the former head of Georgia’s military police under the United National Movement (UNM) government Megis Kardava who was extradited from Ukraine to Georgia earlier today after 10 years of being on the run. 

Megis Kardava has been convicted in five criminal cases while six other criminal cases are still being heard in Tbilisi City Court.

Kardava has been found guilty in the following cases:

  • The case of torture and abuse of convicted prisoners. He was found guilty in 2014 and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
  • The case of a special operation near Navtlugi bus terminal in Tbilisi in January 2006 where three Georgian citizens were shot dead. He was sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment.
  • The case of the prison riot ‘for degrading and inhuman treatment of prisoners.’ He was sentenced to six years and nine months of imprisonment.
  • The case of Georgian colonel Sergo Tetradze who died as a result of ‘torture and violence of a sexual nature’ by former officials including Megis Kardava. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
  • The so-called case of barrels where Kardava was found guilty for ‘acts of sexual violence, unlawful deprivation of liberty and torture.’ He was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment for this case. 

The cases which are currently being heard in Tbilisi City Court are as followed:

  • Two cases of torture and physical and moral abuse of prisoners
  • The case of torture of a detained woman. “Taking advantage of his official position, he beat and humiliated an arrested woman in an inhuman, degrading manner and inflicted moral suffering on her,” the Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office states
  • The case of ‘Intentional homicide committed by a group and by order.’
  • Two cases of the embezzlement of state funds of 828,000 GEL

Kardava has been wanted by Georgian law enforcers since 2013. He was also wanted by Interpol. 

Kardava was detained back in 2017 in Ukraine for illegally entering the country from Romania after which the Georgian government demanded his extradition.

Ukraine replaced Megis Kardava's extradition detention with house arrest in December 2018.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has thanked its Ukrainian counterparts for ‘successful cooperation’ regarding Kardavas recent extradition to Georgia.