The General Prosecutor’s Office added charges against Soso Gogashvili, former deputy head of the State Security Service.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, a new charge was filed against Gogashvili for intentionally disclosing state secrets and violation of privacy.
“In the framework of the investigation conducted after the imprisonment of the accused, the following was additionally revealed:
“In 2015-2018, during his work as the first deputy head of the State Security Service, the accused had access to information containing state secrets, as well as to personal data, which he illegally took out of office for personal purposes and kept in his residence.
“The accused handed over some of the secret information illegally taken from the State Security Service to another person, thus intentionally disclosing state secrets.
“The investigation also established that the accused had illegally obtained video materials depicting the secrets of the private lives of a number of people, which he illegally stored in his electronic devices.
“In addition to the above-mentioned new episodes, we remind the public that I.G. is also accused of abusing his official authority, violation of privacy and illegal acquisition and storage of firearms and ammunition, which was manifested in the following:
“The accused kept secret materials illegally taken from the State Security Service in his home, thereby creating a threat of publicizing state secrets, and part of the information – personal data was spread in the public space with his participation, which caused significant damage.
“In addition, the accused illegally acquired and kept two unregistered and three firearms and ammunition registered in the name of a relative.
“In order to inform the public, we clarify that at this stage, I.G. is charged with the first part of Article 320 (deliberate disclosure of state secrets) and the first part of Article 157 Prima (illegally obtaining and keeping secrets of private life) of the Criminal Code of Georgia; According to the first part of Article 333 (abusing official authority by an official, which caused a substantial violation of the legal interest of the state), part 4 of Article 157 (illegal acquisition, storage, distribution of personal data through mass broadcasting, which caused significant damage, official status using) and part 3 of Article 236 (illegal purchase and storage of firearms and ammunition).
“The charges are punishable by four to seven years in prison.
“The State Security Service is continuing the investigation into the mentioned criminal case, as well as into the facts of determining the legality of the origin of the property owned by the accused and his family members and persons related to them,” reads the statement.