EPP warns Georgia over criminal inadmissibility on political persecution

Photo: EPP warns Georgia over criminal inadmissibility on political persecution / Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia, March 12

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The continuation of selective justice by the current government as a means for political revenge, will surely endanger the signing of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement, according to the statement made by President of the European People's Party, Joseph Daul.

The case of former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava was an example of politically motivated selective justice, according to party chairman.

Daul demands an end to the use of criminal justice with the purpose of political persecution.

"I express concern and indignation over the Georgian authorities evident intent to request the imprisonment of suspended mayor of Tbilisi and leading UNM personality, Gigi Ugulava, citing his presence at the recent EPP congress in Dublin, Ireland. The EPP Congress is a major European political event, bringing together leading European politicians. Citing Mr Ugulava's presence in Dublin as a basis for putting a major political figure into pre-trial detention is not only ridiculous but also, it once again exposes the political motive behind the prosecution of Mr Ugulava as well as other UNM leaders," President Daul underlined.

Today the prosecutor office intends to demand from the court a change to preventive measure against Ugulava`s arrest because he failed to appear for interrogation.
Ugulava himself said that he participated in the Dublin meeting of EPP leaders and was not able to come for interrogation, since the date for interrogation was appointed after his departure to the UK.

Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.

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