Opposition leader says persons arrested for vote-buying are political prisoners
One part of the opposition parties and human rights defender organizations believe that the three activists arrested with the charges of vote-buying are political prisoners. Kakha Kukava, who leader opposition movement Free Georgia and lawyer Keti Bekauri held a press conference today, saying Mikheil Meskhi, Mikheil Amashukeli and Gaga Ambroladze were political prisoners. The three were arrested for distributing election leaflets in the streets, which the prosecutor`s office qualified as bribing voters. The lawyer of the defendants, Keti Bekauri said the human rights defenders discussed the charges which the defendants are facing and concluded that there were no specific arguments and evidence proving that they were bribing voters. Kakha Kukava told journalists today that persons should be punished for a crime and not for verbal statements. `These young men have faced very serious problems because of the criticism for indeed a very bad behavior, but, despite of the political course a person chooses or makes statements, they should be detained for a crime and not for verbal statements,` Kakha Kukava said.
The United States does not recognize the so-called presidential elections held in Georgia`s breakaway Abkhazia last Sunday. The state department`s spokesperson, Jen Psaki started her daily briefing with the statement on Georgia.
The government of Georgia has taken a decision to change visa regulations for non-Georgian citizens. The new regulations for travelling to Georgia will be enforced from September 1st, 2014 and the visitors will no longer be able to get visas at the border check-points, but in the Georgian diplomatic missions abroad.
The Prime Minister of Georgia has assigned the Cabinet to provide maximum support to their colleagues in Ukraine. Irakli Gharibashvili addressed the ministers at the meeting of the government this morning.
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The Minister of Internal Affairs today arrived in the disaster affected Dariali Gorge today to observe the disaster elimination activities. The Minister personally attended the rescue and the road cleaning operation.
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze paid a working visit to the Republic of Austria to take part in the annually held European Forum Alpbach. The forum was attended by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union...