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Two still in prison after street fight at Ivanishvili rally

by | Jul 7, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – Two of the four who were imprisoned following a street fight at one of opposition financier Bidzina Ivanishvili’s campaign rallies have been released.

The scuffle took place on June 26 in Mereti, a village near a Russian-Ossetian check point.

The next day, the Interior Ministry announced that four people had been arrested in connection with the incident: Lasha Chigladze, Aleksandre Odishvili, Aleksandre Kikolashvili and David Bzishvili.

One of the arrested said that he spent 10 in prison, but the court could not prove his guilt.

Two prisoners who are members of the political party Georgian Dream [‘Georgian Dream’ is the name of both a party and a coalition, ed.] were released on July 7. The story of the other two prisoners is still unclear.

Members of Georgian Dream and the two released prisoners demonstrated in front of the police building in Khashuri in supported of the two prisoners who have not been released yet.

“I was taken to the Khashuri prison, because they said there was no room for us in Gori prison. But the other two prisoners were left in Gori. We don’t know anything about them,” said the released prisoner.

The participants at the meeting demanded that the real guilty of stoking violende on June 26 be punished. Georgian Dream activists claims that employees of the interior ministry also participated in the scuffle. The interior ministry denies this.



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