Georgian parliamentary minority to not participate at plenary session in protest
Georgia, Tbilisi, May 27 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The parliamentary minority will not take part in Tuesday's plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament from the opposition Giorgi Baramidze said at a briefing.
According to him, members of the parliamentary minority will join the rally in support of the former prime minister and leader of the opposition party 'United National Movement' Vano Merabishvili.
"The detention of Merabishvili is unreasonable, because he cooperated with the investigation and did not intend to go into hiding, and the guilt must be determined by court" Baramidze said.
Rallies of opposition supporters protesting against Merabishvili's arrest are planned to be held on Tuesday at 14:00 in front of regional prosecutors' offices in 10 regions of the country.
Merabishvili and Tchiaberashvili were detained by law enforcement agencies officers on May 21. The former government members and close associates of the President of Georgia are accused of corrupt practices, abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation is being conducted under Article 164 (bribery of voters), Article 182, part 3 (embezzlement or misappropriation of funds by using the official position which entailed serious damage) and Article 332 (abuse of power) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
The Kutaisi City Court chose pre-trial detention as a preventive measure for the secretary-general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili, and bail of 20,000 lari for Zurab Tchiaberashvili. He was required to pay the sum during a 30-day period.