The model offered at the sitting envisages maximal independence guarantees for the LEPL set up at the Security Service. “As a result of long-term and intensive consultations, the model we approve is set up of a new LEPL. The Agency will be set up at the Security Service, though with maximal independence guarantees. We offer new rule of election of the Head of Agency. We will set up the Commission with participation of the representatives of the Parliament, Public Defender, the Government and the Court. The Head of Agency will be appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister”, - the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee and the Head of the Working Group, Eka Beselia stated.
The initiative envisages establishment of multi-level control: Parliamentary, Judicial, PDP, Prosecutor’s Office and Audit Service in budget terms. “We offer even better model ensuring balance between human rights and security rights. This new model serves for protection of these two values”.
Additional control mechanism is also considered. “We establish another “key” to be held by the Judge of the Supreme Court entitled to conduct special control for implementation of counter-intelligence activity”.
The sitting was attended by the Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani. The working group is composed of the members of the Legal Issues, the Defense and Security, the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committees, First Deputy Chairperson, Majority Leader and MPs, the Parliamentary Secretaries of the President and the Government, Public Defender, Prosecutor General, representatives of the Supreme and Appeal Courts, MIA, State Security Service, Defense Ministry, Corrections Ministry and NGOs.
According to the decision of the Constitutional Court, the Parliament shall, before March 31, develop the respective legal norms on covert investigations. Hence, the Legal Committee made the decision on January 6 to set up the working group on changes to the law on E-Communications, the Criminal Code of Practice and other respective legal acts.