"I am the Prime Minister and Gvaramia is the director of the company ... Why are you comparing me and my family members to him, state cars belong to me by law" - This is how Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili responded to a journalist's question as to why the CEO of the Mtavari Channel was arrested for using a private company car for personal purposes, while the Prime Minister and his family members travel in a state car for personal purposes.
"I am the prime minister of Georgia. Gvaramia was a director of a private company, which to my knowledge stole money or bankrupted the company. Why are you comparing me and my family to him, as if it appears that the prime minister's family is using a government car, you are telling people lies, by law I own state cars, nevertheless I drive my own car," said Gharibashvili.
Here, Gharibashvili says all those who break the law and commit crimes should be punished. "We have a court that is ahead of many European countries," he said.
"I understand your concern. I really can't go into detail right now and I can't comment on Mr. Gvaramia right now. Anyone who breaks the law and commits a crime should be punished. That's the way any modern legal, civilized state is set up.
If we want to be a modern civilized democracy, a state governed by the rule of law, where the rule of law is first and foremost respected and no man is above the law, then we should not ask questions. I can't tell you anything else. I want to tell you that the process was so transparent, in this case I'm not talking about Gvaramia, any other prisoner or other prisoners. That's not my concern.
We have a prosecutor's office and a court that has become so accountable, transparent, open, a lot of reforms have been made in the last 8 or 9 years for that. If you take all of Europe and general statistics, we are ahead of even many European countries" said Gharibashvili.