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"TI GEORGIA": INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE'S APPEARANCE IN "GEOCELL" MAY HAMPER ATTRACTION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN THE COUNTRY

February 18, 2014

Sarke Daily News



"TI Georgia", Georgian branch of "Transparency International", spread a statement today, commenting on last week's entry of the Finance Ministry's Investigative Service to mobile operator "Geocell", which is suspected in major tax evasion.

If it appears that suspicions of the Ministry lacks the factual ground, this notorious case will negatively influent attraction of foreign investments in Georgia, "TI Georgia" declared.

The organization connects the accusations against "Geocell" with discussion of reform of hidden surveillance, which is started in the Parliament. MPs have to discuss legislative amendments, which should perfect supervision over communications' monitoring and protect privacy.

"TI Georgia" points at Pasi Koistinen, executive director of "Geocell" since end of 2012, who has declared in October 2013 that situation in Georgia in terms of hidden surveillance through means of electronic communications is "unacceptable".

The organizations says that Interior Ministry has direct access to infrastructure of all communications companies, which allows communications' monitoring, including determination of person's placement, without any court supervision.

""Geocell" and other communication operators consider that Interior Ministry has to have access to citizens' communications only after court's permission", "TI Georgia" declared.


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Source: Sarke Daily News (Georgia)


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