Georgian MP wanted in Russia to be protected from prosecution in homeland
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 7 /Trend N. Kirtskhalia/
The rights of member of Georgian parliament Givi Targamadze accused by the Russian attorney agency accused of organising a mass protest in Russia will be protected in Georgia.
The Georgian Constitution prohibits the extradition of Georgian citizens to another country, a member of the parliamentary majority Shalva Shavgulidze told Trend on Thursday.
The previous day the Russian Bureau of Interpol declared him as being wanted.
"Targamadze will not be arrested in Georgia. However if he is in a third country he can be arrested and extradited to Russia because the special protection measures are not applicable abroad", the MP noted.
Meanwhile, the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has announced that it has not received an official request from Russia over Targamadze's arrest.
The case of organising a mass protest was brought after the demonstration of the TV programme "Anatomy of protest 2" on NTV. It demonstrated the meeting of a Russian oppositionist with Targamadze. Investigators considered the record to be authentic, but all the Russians connected to the video deny their acquaintance with Targamadze. He also alleges he doesn't know them.
The case is linked to the 'Bolotnaya' case into one trial with more than 20 people involved in it.
Givi Tevtoradze has been repeatedly accused of interfering in the internal policies of other countries. In 2006 journalist Mikhail Leontyev promulgated audio records where Targamadze supposedly promises to kill one of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition Alexander Milinkevich. The State Security Committee of Belarus claimed that Targamadze wanted to stage a coup in the country.