Feb 23, 2021
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Georgian PM named the reason for the detention of oppositionist Melia

The chairman of the opposition party of Georgia, Nika Melia, was detained on Tuesday for organizing the assault on the country’s parliament in the summer of 2019 in Tbilisi. This was announced by the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, RIA Novosti reports.

“The police detained him for organizing the storming of parliament, which he planned to test the strength of the state,” explained Garibashvili.

The head of the Georgian government also called Melia “a crime”, reminding citizens that Georgia is “a state governed by the rule of law.”

Georgian law enforcement officers carried out a special operation to arrest the oppositionist this morning; more than 20 of his supporters were also detained for resisting the police. It was reported that the security forces used pepper gas in the party’s office during the detention of the leader of the United National Movement, Melia.

Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party, ex-speaker of parliament, considers the operation to be exemplary. In this regard, he thanked the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who, according to the politician, protected the dignity of the state and ensured the implementation of the law.

Last week, the Tbilisi City Court arrested Nika Melia at the request of the prosecutor’s office, which accused the oppositionist of refusing to pay the previously selected 40,000 lari bail.

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