Ruling Georgian Dream (GD) has released a statement over the leakage of footages allegedly showing senior GD lawmaker Eka Beselia.

The party says they express solidarity to Beselia, or any person who becomes the victim of such actions.

The statement reads that private life is inviolable and both politicians and the society should be united to ensure protection of the private secrets.

“We believe that invasion into personal space and the dissemination of relevant recordings is an immoral action and the gravest crime that needs immediate reaction. Consequently, we call on investigative authorities to take every effort to find out in the shortest possible time who is behind this fact. Offenders should be punished,” the GD said.

The police launched investigation under Article 1571 of the criminal code of Georgia, involving disclosure and dissemination of personal secrets.

Eka Beselia is a senior lawmaker of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party.

She made the first statement about the “deliberate smear campaign” against her on Facebook on January 28. According to her, the video was recorded during the previous government but spread under the current one.

“I need clear answers on who decided to retaliate against me in this form and who had the recordings,” Beselia said.

Two days ago, Georgia’s Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has called on the law enforcers to promptly investigate leakage of footage.

The ombudsman believes that blackmailing with the footages depicting private life has become a systemic problem nowadays.

“In response, we have only the ongoing investigations and the society cannot get the proper information,” she added.

Lomjaria says it is a gender-motivated crime in the political space and it is directed towards female policymakers.

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili also made a comment regarding the case. According to her, manipulations with information depicting private life must end in Georgia.

 

By Thea Morrison

 

 

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