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16 May 2022

The Head of the Special Investigation Service and his two Deputies met with the Chairman of Georgian Young Lawyers' Association

The Head of the Special Investigation Service,Koka Katsitadze introduced the directions, future plans and current challenges of the Service to the representatives of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA).

During the introductory meeting, institutional and functional strengthening of the investigative body was highlighted.

The meeting focused on the organizational development plan of the Service, the improvement of legal status of affected citizens and the crime prevention issues, namely, the victims’ unrestricted access to the case materials, the immediate response to complaints and the possibility of applying special protection measures.

The Special Investigation Service launches elaboration of the internal strategy policy documents for the improvement of the legal status of the affected citizen, the Official Crime prevention and prompt, timely, effective investigation. Koka Katsitadze also discussed the initiative to establish the Official Crime Prevention Council in order to facilitate joint and coordinated work of law enforcement agencies, to eliminate and prevent the official crime.

Koka Katsitadze underlined the importance of participation and involvement of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association and other Human Rights organizations in this process, as well as the significance of sharing views on the implementation of human rights standards-based investigation policy.

"The Special Investigation Service is developing the internal policy documents to define the investigation policy, to ensure the improvement of the legal status of the affected citizens, to prevent the official crime and to conduct rapid, timely and effective investigations. The participation of the GYLA and other human rights organizations is important for the openness and transparency of the process, as well for the implementation of the human rights standards-based investigation policy” noted the Head of the Special Investigation Service.

Representatives of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association expressed their readiness for future cooperation with the Special Investigation Service and agreed to participate in the elaboration of the above-mentioned internal documents.

 

"The tight cooperation between the Special Investigation Service and the civil society organizations is very important for the strengthening the service. Our organization has been advocating the independence of the service for years. It is important for the country to have a strong investigation service for the independent and proper investigation of the significant crimes committed by law enforcement officers”, said the Chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association, Nika Simonishvili.

The Director of the Human Rights Program, Mariam Simonishvili, also attended the meeting.