The case of "listening to clergy" in Georgia: State Security Service issued a statement

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The case of “wiretapping of clergy” in Georgia: the State Security Service issued a statement

The case of “wiretapping of clergy” in Georgia: the State Security Service issued a statement

The State Security Service calls on the media and politicians to refrain from disseminating inaccurate information 09/14/2021, Sputnik Georgia

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TBILISI, 14 Sep – Sputnik. The State Security Service of Georgia is ready to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office at all stages of the investigation of the so-called “wiretapping of clergymen” case, the State Security Service said. On September 14, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia launched an investigation in connection with information spread in the media about secret surveillance of clergymen. A criminal case was initiated under the article “violation of the secrecy of private communication.” The crime is punishable by a fine of up to five years. At the same time, the State Security Service urges the media and politicians to refrain from disseminating inaccurate and unverified information until the investigation is completed. According to the State Security Service, the reproduction of such information offends certain individuals. damage to the state security system, “the State Security Service said in a statement. Eavesdropping scandal with clergymen According to media reports, this information was provided to the opposition TV channels by a certain ex-official of the State Security Service. We are talking about the surveillance of more than 100 priests and more than three thousand files of hidden records. The Service of the State Inspector of Georgia has already called on the investigating authorities to promptly investigate all suspicious cases of hidden wiretapping and surveillance of citizens. According to Metropolitan Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Vladyka Nikoloz (Pachuashvili), which also appears in the published records, this is the machinations of “evil spirits” who want to turn people against the church. He also calls the state to account. According to one of the files decrypted by the Pirveli TV company, Bishop Nikoloz in 2013 transmitted information about personal meetings of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, as well as information from Lugar’s laboratory in Tbilisi to a certain Russian citizen Lolita Danilova. In return for his services, he took 30 thousand dollars. Meanwhile, the journalists of the opposition TV channel “Mtavari” published the results of their journalistic investigation. According to the TV channel, secret recordings from the State Security Service were “leaked” to the press by a resident of Tbilisi, a former employee of the department Akaki Nemsadze, who committed suicide two months ago, on July 8. Before his death, he decided to expose the criminal system, according to the media, and sent files to the e-mails of opposition TV channels. Subscribe to video news from Georgia on our YouTube channel.

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State Security Service calls on media and politicians to refrain from disseminating inaccurate information

TBILISI, September 14 – Sputnik. The State Security Service of Georgia is ready to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office at all stages of the investigation of the so-called “wiretapping of clergy” case, the State Security Service said in a statement.

On September 14, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia launched an investigation in connection with information disseminated in the media about secret surveillance of clergy. A criminal case was initiated under the article “violation of the secrecy of private communication.” The crime is punishable by a fine of up to five years.

“The State Security Service of Georgia is ready to closely cooperate with the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia at all stages of the investigation. It is in the objective interests of the department to conduct a comprehensive and full-fledged investigation in order to answer all questions,” the statement says.

At the same time, the State Security Service calls on the media and politicians to refrain from disseminating inaccurate and unverified information until the investigation is completed.

According to the State Security Service, the reproduction of such information offends certain individuals.

“This reduces confidence in law enforcement agencies and causes serious damage to the state security system,” the State Security Service said in a statement.

Clergy wiretapping scandal

Audio recordings of the conversations of the representatives of the Georgian clergy were made public on the air of the opposition television channel TV Pirveli. According to media reports, this information was provided to the opposition TV channels by a certain ex-official of the State Security Service. We are talking about the surveillance of more than 100 clergymen and more than three thousand files of hidden recording.

The State Inspector’s Service of Georgia has already called on the investigating authorities to promptly examine all suspicious cases of covert wiretapping and surveillance of citizens.

According to Metropolitan of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Vladyka Nikoloz (Pachuashvili), who also appears in the published records, these are the intrigues of “evil spirits” that want to turn people against the church. He also calls the state to account.

Who is secretly spying on priests in Georgia? The authorities and the opposition blame each other

According to one of the files decoded by the Pirveli TV company, in 2013, Bishop Nikoloz transmitted information about personal meetings of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, as well as information from Lugar’s laboratory in Tbilisi to a certain Russian citizen Lolita Danilova. In return for the services, he took $ 30,000.

Meanwhile, journalists from the opposition television channel Mtavari published the results of their journalistic investigation. According to the TV channel, secret recordings from the State Security Service were “leaked” to the press by a resident of Tbilisi, a former employee of the department Akaki Nemsadze, who committed suicide two months ago, on July 8. Before his death, he decided to expose the criminal system, according to the media, and sent files to the e-mail of opposition television channels.

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