Court of Appeal Upholds Judgment Regarding Nika Melia

Tbilisi Court of Appeals heard Nika Melia’s case today, as a result of which it denied the motion of the prosecutor regarding the detention of Nika Melia, a member of the United National Movement (UNM), who was charged by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia for the June 20 developments in front of Parliament in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi Court of Appeals upheld the judgment of the Tbilisi City Court, according to which the opposition MP was released on 30,000 GEL bail on June 27.

In addition, the Prosecutor's Office has been ordered to electronically monitor Nika Melia using an electronic bracelet.

The Prosecutor’s Office demanded Melia’s imprisonment, while the request of the defense was the abolishment of certain restrictions imposed against him.

Melia's lawyer, Giorgi Kondakhishvili, appealed the judge's decision, according to which the opposition MP has been deprived of the right to leave his place of residence without the consent of the investigation body. He has also been deprived of the right to make statements in public areas. Additionally, Melia had to hand over his identification documents to law enforcers.

The Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against Nika Melia under Article 225 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, on charges of organizing or managing group violence or participating in it during the June 20-21 rally in front of the Parliament of Georgia in Tbilisi.

By Ana Dumbadze 

02 July 2019 13:57