US Embassy and Internal Affairs Ministry Hold News Conference on Successful Domestic Violence Extradition (June 25)

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On June 25, the US Embassy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office held a live, televised joint news conference at MoIA’s headquarters in Tbilisi to announce the successful extradition from Georgia of a dual US-Iranian citizen accused of committing serious domestic violence crimes in 2010 in the US State of California.  The US Embassy’s Legal Attaché from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Resident Legal Advisor from the US Department of Justice, and the Regional Security Officer from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security took part in the news conference.

The officials highlighted the successful extradition as proof of the excellent legal and law enforcement cooperation that exists between US and Georgian agencies.  They also commended the initiative and leadership of Georgia’s Patrol Police, Chief Prosecutor’s Office, and Ministry of Justice for their timely identification, apprehension, and extradition of the dual citizen following his entry into Georgia.  The Legal Attache said the cooperation demonstrates that domestic violence fugitives can no longer evade justice for their alleged crimes by fleeing overseas.

Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Archil Talakvadze said this case sends a strong message to those who live in Georgia and abroad who choose to engage in domestic violence.  They will face prosecution and punishment for this crime, even if it happens far from here.