Watchdog Slams Authorities for Mishandling Sex Tape Investigations

The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), a Tbilisi-based rights watchdog, has slammed the Interior Ministry and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office for mishandling the sex tapes leak investigations.

The organization released a statement on March 28, a day after the Interior Ministry arrested seventeenth suspect on charges of disseminating a secret video recording allegedly depicting MP Eka Beselia’s private live.

The organization said the authorities’ response to the sex tapes leak has been inadequate and “illusory”.

“Purportedly, no real steps are being taken to punish the source of crime… Investigations have been launched sporadically, against those who uploaded the materials, though it is of principal importance that those who recorded the materials and ordered their release are identified and brought to justice,” GYLA said.

The watchdog calls on the Interior Ministry and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office to identify and punish those who filmed and released the recordings.

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