Prosecutor's Office failed to identify Gender-Related Motives for Murdering a Woman

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HRC is concerned that the Kakheti District Prosecutor's Office rejected the petition by HRC to identify gender-related motives in the femicide case. 

Kakheti Office of HRC defends the legal interests of a victim's successor in the case of killing a woman because of her gender.    HRC expressed a position at the outset of the investigation on the issues of formulating the allegations and subsuming the crime, addressing this both to the investigator of the case and the District Prosecutor's Office of Kakheti.

In January 2022, a young woman N.Ch. residing in Lagodekhi municipality was deliberately murdered at her home by her ex-husband.  After the murder, G.B. attempted to stage a suicide version utilizing natural gas.

The ex-spouse of the killed woman is charged with a deliberate murder under aggravating circumstances namely for homicide under article 109(2)(f) of the Criminal Code. Accused person G.B. killed the woman in a house rented and occupied by the woman and tried to stage a suicide by natural gas.  The murdered woman has three minor children now being in foster care of the family of her brother. 

HRC believes the offense against killed N.Ch. is gender-related as this is intentional femicide.  According to the evidence obtained during the investigation and the defendant's testimony, the gender-related motives of the crime are clear.  All the evidence is available in the case files.  Further, Article 109 (2) (d1) stipulates gender-related offenses to be aggravating circumstances.  

HRC was seeking by the petition to have the subsumption specified against the accused in murder and to increase his culpability for the gender-related crime. Therefore, HRC calls on the prosecution and investigation agencies to be particularly cautious of gender-related signs when investigating the current case and other cases in general, for this would allow for the prevention of such crimes and facilitate full and objective investigation of cases.

Human Rights Center