The Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) calls on the Prosecutorial Council, chaired by Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani not to approve former Prosecutor General Irakli Shotadze’s candidacy again for this top position.
EMC stated earlier today that the Prosecutorial Council, which is responsible for the final selection of prosecutor general, should consider that Shotadze resigned less then a year ago amid large-scale public protest following a court verdict in a high profile murder case of two teenage boys.
Irakli Shotadze’s resignation meant the recognition of his political responsibility… With this background, Shotadze’s candidacy has no public trust and discussion of his candidacy for the prosecutor general’s position creates risks to further strengthen the polarisation of the system”, EMC stated.
The NGO also noted that none of the other high-profile cases, including those of Temirlan Machalikashvili and Afgan Mukhtarli, have been investigated under Irakli Shotadze’s tenure as Prosecutor General.
Therefore, EMC calls on the Prosecutorial Council to select and submit to parliament for final approval politically neutral candidates with relevant qualification for the prosecutor general’s position.
The Prosecutor General's position became vacant after Shalva Tadumadze was approved as a lifetime judge of the Georgian Supreme Court in December 2019.