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TBILISI, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — The parliamentary minority, consisting of members led by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili of the United National Movement (UNM) party will resume its work in the national parliament next week as usual, leader of the minority MP Gigi Tsereteli told journalists in the Georgian capital on Friday.
He noted that the decision made on November 7 by members of the minority “to suspend work in the parliament was not a boycott.” “We just felt that during these 2-3 days we had to be in Tbilisi (the parliament operates in the city of Kutaisi, which is 230 km from the capital of Georgia) and show greater political activity in connection with serious events that have taken place in the country,” Tsereteli said. He stated that “starting from next week the parliamentary minority will return to the normal work regime and will take part in the consideration of the state budget for 2013 in the parliament.”
The leaders of the parliamentary minority on November 8 called a tax audit in the Public Television of Georgia (OGTV) pressure on the media and said that “due to this situation and the detention of the country’s army Joint Chief of Staff Georgy Kalandadze, the minority suspends the participation in meetings of committees and session of the parliament.”
Meanwhile, Georgian Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri stated that the Finance Ministry’s revenue service began a regular inspection of OTVG.” He said that “OTVG from October 2010 has tax debts to the state budget amounting to 3 million and 800 thousand GEL (2 million and 290 thousand US dollars).” According to the minister, “the revenue service will not interfere with the operation of OTVG, and it continues to work as usual.”
Prosecutor General Archil Kbilashvili on November 7 said that Kalandadze, the former Minister of Defence - Bacho Akhalaia, as well as the commander of one of the Army brigades, Zurab Shamatava, have been detained “within the framework of investigation of a case of abuse of power by officials of the Ministry of Defence.” Akhalaia was arrested on the night to November 7, and Kalandadze and Shamatava – on November 7. All three were charged with “abuse of power,” and the former defence minister was also charged with “illegal suppression of freedom.” The Tbilisi City Court on Friday will consider the investigation request for their pre-trial detention for two months.