Gizo Uglava

Deputy Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine
Gizo Uglava: Deputy Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine
 
PERSONAL DETAILS
 
Gizo Uglava was born on 18 November 1975 in Kutaisi, Georgia.
He obtained Ukrainian citizenship in 2015.
 
EDUCATION
 
Graduated from high school in 1992.
Enrolled at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (faculty of law) in 1992, graduated in 1998 with a degree in legal studies.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
 
Gizo Uglava started his career in the prosecution system of Georgia in 1998 and worked there until 2012:
 
- 07-10-1998 – 18-05-2001 – intern at the Imereti regional Prosecutor's office. Main activities: investigating criminal proceedings;
- 18-05-2001 – 12-12-2003 – senior investigator at the Imereti regional Prosecutor's office;
- 12-12-2003 – 29-12-2004 – Chief of Investigations at the Imereti regional Prosecutor's office;
- 29-12-2004 – 02-05-2008 – Zestafoni district prosecutor;
- 02-05-2008 – 01-06-2009 – Western Georgia regional prosecutor;
- 01-06-2009 – 16-06-2010 – Ajarian Autonomous Republic Prosecutor general;
- 16-06-2010 – 07-11-2012 – deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia.
 
On 11 February 2013 Gizo Uglava founded the “LEGAL CONSULTING AND SERVICES” law firm and practiced law there henceforth.
During his career in the prosecution of Georgia he received the following state awards: Medal of Honour, Order of Merit and Order of Radiance.
 
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
 
Gizo Uglava was never in labour relations or any type of contractual relations with any of the political parties, nor was he ever a member of one.
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
 
The fight against corruption in Georgia started in 2003 and lasted until 2012.
It was systemic in nature and covered different spheres. The Prosecutor's office of Georgia coordinated work of law enforcement agencies and other state agencies in their fight against corruption.
The most important aspect of all investigations was returning unlawfully appropriated property to the state. Unless this property was returned the investigation of the criminal case was considered unfinished. Each case of a corrupt offence was analysed. When any deficiency in legislation was found, draft laws were prepared to eliminate the “loopholes”. Necessary instructions and recommendations for prosecutors and detectives were written.
Meanwhile systemic reforms of the internal affairs agencies and prosecutors' offices took place. By 2007 all the government agencies were free from corrupt officials. Corrupt schemes, exposed in the following years, were not systemic but rather isolated occurrences.
 
HIGH-PROFILE CASES AND ACCUSATIONS
 
Gizo Uglava was in charge of the elite units specialising on combating corruption, legalisation of illicit profits and financial crimes. Out of thousands of cases they took the ones concerning clearly organised corruption and financial schemes. These were the cases on misappropriation of state funds with public officials of different levels and private individuals being involved.
One of such cases was a high-profile case on trafficking in petroleum products, more than 20 people arrested during the investigation and more than 15,000,000 USD of state funds recovered.
Another landmark case in fighting corruption was a case on state-owned land plots misappropriation. In the course of investigation almost 30 people were found guilty of unlawful actions, and the value of tens of hectares of land plots in the resort zone reinstated as state property amounted to more than 30,000,000 USD.
 
COOPERATION WITH OTHER STATES
 
The agencies chaired by Gizo Uglava worked in close and systemic cooperation with law enforcement agencies of other countries. This cooperation ensured disclosure of thousands of cases of tax evasion and legalisation of illicit profits both in Georgia and abroad.
International partnership also resulted in exposing schemes of smuggling large volumes of cargo into Georgia disguised as humanitarian aid.
 
“... This appointment (the First Deputy Director of the NABU) is a great honour for me. The most important thing is that I feel the responsibility to the people of Ukraine that I am taking. … Ukrainian society is our main ally. … No concessions will be made to corrupt officials...”