“We are tired of explaining to the Georgian authorities how important it is not to arrest political opponents,” Lithuanian politician Žygimantas Pavilionis told reporters in response to the arrest of Nika Gvaramia, the director of opposition-minded Mtavari TV.
“Georgian Dream seems willing to make everything possible to destroy countries’ democratic credentials & make all mistakes on solidarity with Ukraine / imprisoning President Mikheil Saakashvili before historic EU decision on candidate status. So sad to see Georgia missing the opportunity,” Pavilionis stated.
Nika Gvaramia and Kakhaber Damenia, the accused along with him, were found guilty by the court, while Zurab Iashvili was found not guilty. Nika Gvaramia was found partially guilty by the court, part of the articles with which he was charged were reclassified under Article 220 and he was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months.
By Ana Dumbadze