The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili is ready to pardon Giorgi Rurua, a shareholder of the opposition-minded ‘Main Channel,’ however, she sets certain conditions for it, she stated today at the Orbeliani Palace.
“I am ready to make a scandalous decision for myself and pardon Giorgi Rurua, however, this step should be the last chord to end this crisis and pave the way for the country and parliament to enter a normal political regime and face challenges without any other demands.
“My decision will be implemented only when the parties sign the final document and enter Parliament, and when the representatives of the EU and the US announce that an agreement has been reached.
“I will sign the pardon act within a week after this announcement,” the President said.
Rurua was arrested on November 18, 2019, for illegal possession and carrying of a firearm, a crime committed under Article 236 (3,4) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
The release of Giorgi Rurua was one of the demands made by the opposition as a precondition to enter the parliament.