About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
UNM MP Bakradze Questioned by Prosecutors over Undeclared Bank Accounts
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 29 Aug.'14 / 22:12

UNM parliamentary minority leader MP Davit Bakradze spent about six hours in prosecutor’s office on August 29 as he was questioned by investigators over his and his wife’s undeclared bank accounts.

Bakradze’s wife Maka Metreveli was also questioned by prosecutors separately on the same day.

The case involves over 276,000 British pounds, which was deposited on the two accounts in HSBC bank and which was not indicated in Bakradze’s annual asset declarations of public officials.

Investigation was opened on August 20 under the two clauses of criminal code – one dealing with legalization of illicit income and another one with deliberately providing incorrect or incomplete data in the annual asset declaration. No one has yet been charged.

“Deliberately” providing incorrect or incomplete data in an annual asset declaration is a criminal offense, carrying fine or up to 200 hours of community service or suspension from office as a punishment.

Information about the bank accounts in question emerged after two letters from HSBC UK addressed to Bakradze and his wife were posted by anonymous user on a fake Facebook account on August 19. The July 28, 2014 letters were notifying Bakradze and his wife about closure of their deposits upon their instructions.

MP Bakradze, who was speaker of the parliament in 2008-2012, confirmed depositing USD 400,000 in HSBC in 2009. The money, he said, came from sale of his father-in-law’s house in Krtsanisi district of Tbilisi in 2002.

Bakradze says that he was not obliged to indicate these bank accounts in his annual declarations because money in these accounts was “not at his disposal” and was intended for his two children, who received it from their grandfather.
 
“They [prosecutors] received comprehensive answers to all of their questions,” Bakradze told journalists after the interrogation. “I hope during these six hours prosecutors received enough information from me to ascertain that I have done nothing illegal.”

He said that law enforcement agencies should investigate violation of his privacy rights as letters from the bank addressed to him and his wife were “illegally opened” at the post office and then posted on the internet.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2019, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
33