|Former Chief Military Prosecutor
Former Deputy General Prosecutor
Former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
Former Chief of the Border Police of Georgia
27 April 1960 |
Badri Bitsadze (Georgian: ბადრი ბიწაძე) (born April 27, 1960) is the former Chief of the Border Police of Georgia. He holds the rank of Lieutenant General, and previously held the posts of Chief Military Prosecutor, Deputy General Prosecutor, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs. He is married to the former Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia and twofold former interim President of Georgia, Nino Burjanadze.
Bitsadze has been involved in several controversies allegedly concerning separation of powers and charges he made of corruption involving military funds, as well as charges of blackmail levelled against him by opposition elements.
Bitsadze resigned his position on October 29, 2008, claiming that a campaign to discredit the agency was underway because his wife, the former parliamentary chairperson, had withdrawn into opposition to the current government.
Later that year, Bitsadze became involved with his wife's newly founded party Democratic Movement–United Georgia. In March 2009, several party activists, including a driver of Badri Bitsadze, were arrested by the Georgian police on arms charges. Burjanadze said after the Interior Ministry's statement that she was ready to cooperate with the investigation, but claimed that evidence put forth by the investigation was not enough and needed further scrutiny.
In early June, 2011 Deputy Prosecutor General David Sakvarelidze said he has requested the Tbilisi City Court issue an arrest warrant for Badri Bitsadze, who was accused of organizing attacks on policemen during anti-governmental protests in May 2011 and did not pay 100,000 Laris for bail. His current whereabouts is not clear, however on July 25, Nino Burjanadze gave an interview, Where she stated that her husband would seek for political asylum. The investigation of this issue, has been very controversial, due to shortage of strong evidences.
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