Tornike Rizhvadze is Misleading the Public - საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა - საქართველო

Tornike Rizhvadze is Misleading the Public

12 May, 2020


Transparency International Georgia is responding to the statement made by Tornike Rizhvadze, the Chairman of the Government of Adjara, in regards to the report published by our organization, which found that Rizhvadze and five other officials of the Government of Adjara and the Supreme Council had incorrectly filed their public asset declarations. We would like to emphasize that we deliberately avoid providing responses to political assaults and insults, as this is common malpractice of high-ranking officials which, most of all, is indicative of the inadmissibility of different opinions for these politicians.

Transparency International Georgia once again confirms that Tornike Rizhvadze today holds 25% of the shares of LLC Adjara Berry Limited. According to Article 13(6) of the Law on Conflict of Interest and Corruption in Public Service, Rizhvadze should have transferred these shares, under a trust agreement, for the term of his office. This trust agreement is not visible in the public registry database.

Moreover, Tornike Rizhvadze hasn’t indicated in his public asset declaration that these shares were transferred to another person. In his 2018 and 2019 public asset declaration, the Chairman of the Government of Adjara indicates that he is the owner of the shares, however, by law, he was obliged to transfer these shares to another person under a trust agreement.

We once again confirm that Tornike Rizhvadze’s statement is false and its purpose is to mislead the public.

We call on all public officials to act within the boundaries of the law and conform to all the requirements of the Law on Conflict of Interest and Corruption in Public Service so that all public asset declarations can be filed properly. We once again call on the Civil Service Bureau to thoroughly investigate all the inconsistencies identified in the report in regards to Tornike Rizhvadze and other public officials, and to make public the findings of the investigations.