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Trial over Burjanadze's spouse to begin today

Politics Materials 29 July 2011 13:11
A substantial trial into the case of former Georgian Parliamentary Speaker's spouse and the former head of the Georgian Border Police, Badri Bitsadze, will begin at the Tbilisi City Court today.
Trial over Burjanadze's spouse to begin today

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 29/ corr. Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

A substantial trial into the case of former Georgian Parliamentary Speaker's spouse and the former head of the Georgian Border Police, Badri Bitsadze, will begin at the Tbilisi City Court today.

The defendant's lawyer Levan Samushia said the head of information-analytical department of the Interior Ministry, Shota Utiashvili, has been called for inquiry over Bitsadze's case.

The defense side will interrogate about 65 witnesses, including Bitsadze's spouse, the leader of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, as well as one of the leaders of the oppositional National Forum Gubaz Sanikidze, he added.

In addition, Samushia said an unexpected information appeared in the materials of the case, which urges after the dispersal of rally in the early hours of May 26, a "Molotov cocktail" was taken out of the area. "We demand to recognize this evidence as invalid," he said.

The Georgian police broke up an opposition rally in the centre of Tbilisi in the early hours of May 26. Two people died and dozens were injured. Two members of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia party, led by Burjanadze, were detained on charges of actions, which led to fatal results.

The detainees were suspected of attacking several people while attempting to leave the city center, where the special forces carried out operations to oust the opposition from Rustaveli avenue, the Interior Ministry claims.

Bitsadze is accused of organizing illegal armed formations. However, he absconds and the court will be absentee.

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