Lazare Grigoriadis, accused of harming the health of police officers and destroying state property during the March 7-9 protests against the ‘Russian Law’ on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi will remain in custody.
The mentioned decision was made by Nato Khujadze, judge of Tbilisi City Court.
The admissibility of evidence was discussed at today’s pre-trial process. At the same time, the preventive measure of imprisonment against Lazare Grigoriadis was reviewed.
The state prosecution demanded that the strictest preventive measures against the detainee be kept in force, while the defense demanded his release for 20,000 GEL bail.
Grigoriadis uses the right to remain silent, however, at today’s session, he stated his position regarding the prevention measure and stated that he did not try to hide.
In parallel with the mentioned process, 3 more persons – Tornike Akofashvili, Giorgi Mikadze and Tariel Dalakishvili’s pre-trial proceedings were ongoing. They are released on bail.
For information, Lazare Grigoriadis, who is accused of harming the health of police officers and destroying state property, was imprisoned on March 31 as a preventive measure.
According to the information of the investigation, on March 7, during the rally on Rustaveli Avenue, the defendant threw Molotov cocktail twice at the employees of the Special Tasks Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who were on duty on April 9 Street.
Also, on March 9, on Chanturia Street, the accused deliberately set fire to a “Toyota Corolla” model car belonging to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which burned on the spot. As a result of this action, the state budget suffered 39,500 GEL property damage.
Lazare Grigoriadis was charged with the second part of Article 353 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (harming the health of a police officer in connection with his official activities) and the second part of Article 187, sub-point “a” (destruction of property by setting fire), which envisages a punishment from 7 to 11 years of imprisonment.
In the case of March 7-8, a total of 6 persons were arrested under the Criminal Code, 5 of them have been released on bail.