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.
A horrible murder has occurred in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region`s village of Gogasheni - the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has confirmed that a nine-month old child and grandmother were killed by a man, who has not been detained so far.
Family and the police of 14 year-old Mariam Geguchadze have been searching for the girl almost for two weeks - the girl was having her holidays at Ureki resort and on June 30th she went to Batumi to visit her relatives.
Elmar Brok, Foreign Affairs Coordinator of the European People`s Party and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, and Cristian Preda, EPP Group Coordinator on Foreign Affairs, express their strong concern over ongoing intimidation of the democratic opposition in Georgia.
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The ballots for the runoff elections of local governments in Georgia will be delivered to the district election commissions and the polling stations by the end of the day. The runoff will be held tomorrow at 28 election district.
The special representative of the Prime Minister of Georgia in negotiations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze returned from Prague after concluding yet another round of meeting with the Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs, Gregory Karasin.
Russian news agency RIA Novosty has quoted an official from the Foreign Ministry of Russia, who denies the reports on violating Georgian airspace by Russian helicopters. The news agency held the identity of the official secret...