Recently, the public's attention has been drawn to the statements of former judges, who speak publicly about the facts of pressure on judges and improper interference in the justice system. Among them, the interviews with former judges - Natia Kutateladze and Ana Ghelekva published by "Georgian Court Watch" and Besarion Alavidze's public statements deserve particular attention.
For the last few years, the civil sector has been openly talking about the presence of an influential group of judges in the judicial system - the Clan, with which the current and previous governments controlled the judicial system. This group has been cooperating with political authorities for 15 years using various methods of illegal influence on the judge.
The public statements of the former judges raise questions that need to be answered in order to improve the judicial system and restore public confidence in it. In particular, the questions refer to:
Following reports in the media have not been still investigated:
In response to the information disseminated publicly, taking into account the inaction of the law enforcement system and the lack of proper political will of the ruling party, we consider the creation of a special investigative commission in the parliament as an effective mechanism for determining the truth on the questions raised by the public. Opposition parties have necessary votes in Parliament for the creation of such commission. According to the regulation of the Parliament of Georgia, one of the grounds for the creation of the investigative commission is the information about the illegal actions of the state body, official, and corruption offenses that threaten the state security, sovereignty, territorial integrity, political, economic and other interests of Georgia.
We remind the public once again that without a fair judiciary, it is impossible to develop the country democratically and create a stable political environment. In addition, the systemic reform of justice is one of the fundamental prerequisites for Georgia's integration into European structures.
Accordingly, we call on the parliamentary opposition:
to create an investigative commission to investigate and respond to systemic crimes and other violations in the judicial system.