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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 15, 2015

Georgian Delegation Visits Eastern District Of Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – During June 10-20, 2015, a group of official delegates from the Republic of Georgia will visit the United States to learn about the U.S. criminal justice system and enhance their efforts to modernize their justice sector/system. The visit will begin in Washington, DC, where the delegates will meet with various representatives from the State Department, Pretrial Services for the District of Columbia, Bureau of Prisons, and Department of Justice (DOJ).  After their short stay in Washington, the group will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they will be hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

During their visit, the delegates will study how the probation/pretrial services system operates in federal court.  The week will include meetings in both Chattanooga and Knoxville with the U.S. Attorney; Assistant U.S. Attorneys; U.S. Probation Officers; U.S. District and Magistrate Judges; local defense attorneys; and federal, state and local law enforcement representatives.  They will also attend court hearings to observe typical proceedings in federal court. Additionally, to ensure they experience the local culture, several leisure activities are also planned throughout the week for the delegates including a baseball game, cookout, and concerts at the annual Chattanooga Riverbend Festival.

The Georgian delegates participating in this U.S. visit  include: Tamar Alania, Judge, Tbilisi Court of Appeals; Shalva Tadumadze, Parliamentary Secretary, GoG Administration; Archil Talakvadze, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs; Kakha Kakhishvili, Deputy Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance; Giorgi Arsoshvili, Head of Probation Service, MCLA; Giorgi Gabitashvili, Deputy Chief Prosecutor; Misha Shakulashvili, Tbilisi Chief Prosecutor; Nino Aglemashvili, Prosecutor, PGO; Irina Tsakadze, Head of Legal Drafting Department, MOJ; Archil Kbilashvili, Chairman, NGO European Choice of Georgia; Kakha Tsereteli, Defense Attorney, BLC Law Office; and Natia Oniani, Translator.  The delegation will be accompanied by Tracey Newell, the Director of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and by Tatiana Pataraia and Nata Tsnoriashvili, Georgian Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Embassy who work with DOJ’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) program in Georgia.

For the last two years, Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Steve Neff, a federal prosecutor with the Chattanooga office, was detailed as OPDAT’s RLA in Tbilisi, Georgia.   While on detail in Tbilisi, AUSA Neff worked closely with Georgian government officials as well as the Georgian legal and law enforcement community, including Justice Ministry officials, prosecutors, judges, investigators, and members of parliament, to develop and implement justice sector assistance programming aimed at modernizing Georgia’s criminal justice system.  The current visit of these delegates to the United States is a continuation of those efforts.

“We are pleased to host the Georgian delegation in their quest to enhance their justice system.  We are honored that they would choose to visit our office and district to help them understand the American system in a way that could help them further strengthen the rule of law in Georgia and aid them in their goal of Euro-Atlantic integration, including accession into the European Union (EU) and NATO,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.  “Our partnership and friendship with Georgia is vital to the interests of both nations, and we welcome the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge with our friends from Georgia.”

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Updated June 15, 2015