Two people have been detained in Georgia for their involvement a sex tape video scandal. The scandal involves senior officials and their alleged sex videos.
Former Interior Ministry official Zurab Jamalashvili and lawyer Irakli Pkhaladze were held in custody for suspicion of sharing covertly filmed sex videos of senior politicians. Their arrest came after a sex video of a prominent female politician of the opposition Free Democrats engaged in sex with a person who is “not her husband” appeared on Youtube.
However, both the suspects contradicted the allegations.
Another tape was posted threatening to leak sex-videos of two other politicians this time from the ruling coalition, another opposition politician and a journalist. The people involved in the scandal were asked to resign by 31 March if they dont want the video to be leaked to the public.
The journalist, Inga Grigolia, said she is not afraid of the threat. “I will do everything to send those who have filmed these videos and who have (released) them to jail for many years.”
President Giorgi Margvelashvili also criticised the leaking of these sex videos. He promised to locate the connections behind this crime.“The entire government system is ….mobilized… and the crime will soon be solved,” he said in a report by RFERL.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also criticised the act. He said “it is a blackmail of the whole society”.”I promise you no matter who filmed and distributed this recording. You will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” he said in a report by Yahoo News.
Georgian authorities are investigating five individuals, including two suspects with regards to this issue. Youtube was also blocked for short time on Monday. However, the leader of Free Democrats, Irakli Alasania, accused the government for politically impairing politicians. He said such material could only be accessible by the government.
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association said: “This is a direct and terrible blow to the fair electoral environment, rule of law and human rights in this country.
In 2012, then-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement party (UNM) faced defeat in parliamentary polls. The defeat came after the release of some videos of “prison guards torturing inmates.”
In 2013, Former deputy interior minister Gela Khvedelidze was accused of publishing a sex video of an opposition’s journalist.