Tbilisi Court of Appeal upholds verdict on former head of border police
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 12 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Tbilisi Court of Appeal upheld the verdict of the City Court with regards to the former head of the Border Police of Georgia Badri Bitsadze. Judge Marina Holuashvili said today at the trial that convicted in absentia Bitsadze should stay in prison for 5.5 years.
Defendant's lawyer Levan Samushia told Trend that within a month we have an opportunity to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court, and this opportunity will be used.
"The Court of Appeal made an unfair decision, and if the same thing happens at the Supreme Court, the case of Bitsadze will be filed to the European Court on Human Rights," said the lawyer.
Bitsadze is accused of organizing illegal armed groups and resisting police. Bitsadze's whereabouts are still unknown. Presumably, he left Georgia after the events in May.
According to his wife, the leader of "Democratic Movement" and ex-parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze, Bitsadze is waiting for a political asylum in one of the European countries. A few weeks ago, Georgian journalists photographed him in Vienna.