Deputy Interior Minister, Levan Izoria said that MIA has launched an investigation under 315th article of the Georgian Criminal Code, which implies “Conspiracy or Uprising to Alter Constitutional Structure of Georgia by Violence.” Speaking in a TV program “Archevani”, Izoria explained that the investigation is being conducted on the basis of operative information. The topic was also discussed by the Minister of Internal Affairs in an interview with newspaper “Alia” on 10 September. Izoria did not disclose the details and announced that MIA will reveal the information as soon as the investigation is completed. For further information, in an interview with the newspaper “Alia”, Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze claimed that the United National Movement is planning anti-government and anti-constitutional operations.
“We possess operative information. Therefore, when on 10 September the Minister of Internal Affairs declared in an interview that the investigation was launched, it was indeed true and this investigation continues to this day. We will publicly announce the results as soon as they are available. The investigation is made on the basis of the article, which has to do with responsibility for a specific action. In particular, it refers to the attempt to change government with violent actions, which is defined in 315th article of the Criminal Code. This was also publicly announced and I reiterate that the investigation is in progress. You can read the interview of the Minister of Internal Affairs in the newspaper “Alia”, issued on 10 September. The contents of the crime are also there. We are not saying anything new. In case you are interested, you can read it,” Izoria said.
Article 315 envisages Conspiracy or Uprising to Alter Constitutional Structure of Georgia by Violence
1. Conspiracy to alter the constitutional structure of Georgia by violence to overthrow the government or grab power shall bear legal consequences of imprisonment for five to eight years.
2. Uprising to alter the constitutional structure of Georgia by violence to overthrow the government or grab power shall be punishable by prison sentences ranging from seven to fifteen years.
3. The action referred to in Paragraph 2 of this article that through negligence has claimed a human life or has given rise to any other grave consequence shall be punishable by imprisonment ranging from fifteen to twenty years.