Our draft law is not directed against any name or surname and it provides for the prevention of oligarchic rule in the future - who we are protecting now, whether it is Kezerashvili or someone else, is not decisive, National Movement MP Levan Bezhashvili said.
As Bezhashvili explains, according to their bill, the status of oligarch should be granted to individuals by the Constitutional Court. According to him, the bill needs constitutional changes.
"The draft law takes into account the Georgian context regarding the problems of oligarchic governance, it contains signs and criteria of oligarchic governance. This draft law is not directed against any one specific name or surname, the draft provides for the prevention of oligarchic rule in the future, it is different (from the Georgian Dream bill) in that no name or surnames should be read here.
A different feature of the bill is that the granting of the oligarch status is not related to any political or governmental body, but to the Constitutional Court. The process should be free from political content, and the granting of oligarch status and establishment of oligarchic signs should be the basis of legal proceedings, therefore we proposed a model of consideration of cases by the Constitutional Court. This bill needs constitutional changes. Since the granting of oligarch status is related to legal restrictions, in our opinion, only the Constitutional Court can discuss these legal restrictions and make relevant decisions," said Bezhashvili.
As for the statements of the ruling party that the draft law was developed by the National Movement to protect Kezerashvili, Bezhashvili said: "Who we may be protecting now, be it Kezerashvili, Japaridze-Khazaradze or others, should not be decisive now, the main thing is the concept. The main thing is whowe consider an oligarch. There may be a rich person, but the government institutions should not follow his wishes and the country should not be ruled".