Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Head of the National Assembly of Georgian Azerbaijanis, Dashgin Gulmammadov, who was freed at the ruling of Tbilisi Court, highlighted his intentions to establish a political party, Gulmammadov reported to Trend. He was appointed Head of the Election Office of Fazil Aliyev, the Azerbaijani candidate for presidency in Georgia. On 27 November he was detained in Tbilisi by law-enforcement bodies of Georgia. A criminal case was filed against him in compliance with article 144 (kindling national discrimination) of the Criminal Code of Georgia. Last week the Tbilisi Court made a decision sentencing Gulmammadov to two months in prison.
On 4 December the Court made the decision to free him on the basis of a reference by the Georgian Prosecutor. Gulmammadov says that the decision was made due to pressure on the Government by the international community and Azerbaijanis residing in Georgia.
According to him, Aliyev is not prepared for the presidential elections and is not a candidate. Gulmammadov and Aliyev decided to establish an opposition party. "We decided to transform the campaign to prepare for the presidential elections to establish a new political party," Gulmammadov said, adding that they intend to attract Georgian Azerbaijanis to the party. Georgians will also be attracted to the party. "Attending the elections as a party, we will try to gain seats in Parliament and become the opposition to the Government," Gulmammadov said.
Aliyev told Trend that the arrest of Gulmammadov was aimed at preventing his election campaign and the Government could achieve this.