Georgian presidential protection service to control VIP security at airport
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||1 November 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Georgian presidential protection service to control VIP security at airport, 1 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/509b8b09c.html [accessed 24 May 2013]|
November 01, 2012
By RFE/RL's Georgian Service
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
TBILISI – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has signed a decree changing the security arrangements at Tbilisi's international airport.
The State Protection Special Service, which is responsible for Saakashvili's personal security, will now be responsible for the airport's VIP terminal.
That terminal is used by visiting foreign officials, but it is also used by a select list of Georgia's political, judicial, and religious leaders.
The list includes the president, the prime minister, the parliament speaker, the supreme court chairman, the head of the constitutional court, and the patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
Their family members also use the VIP terminal.
The president's office has not commented on the reasons behind the change.
With reporting by newsgeorgia.ru and apsny.ge