Protest rally in Tbilisi, June 21, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

17 July 2019, 17:36

Another law enforcer detained in case on dispersal of protesters in Tbilisi

On July 16, the General Prosecutor's Office of Georgia reported about the detention of another employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in the case on abuse of power during the dispersal of the protest action in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that earlier, an employee of the Georgian MIA was detained in the case on abuse of power while dispersing the protest rally in Tbilisi.

On June 20, the protest actions began in Tbilisi after Sergey Gavrilov, a member of the Russian State Duma, took the chair of the speaker of the Georgian parliament at a meeting of the parliamentary Orthodox assembly. That fact provoked dissatisfaction of some MPs who were encouraged by opposition supporters. Law enforcers dispersed the protesters in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi. The Georgian Ministry for Public Health reported about 240 hospitalized people, and the MIA ‑ about the detentions of 305 protesters, some of whom were subjected to administrative arrests.

According to the Georgian General Prosecutor's Office, the employee of the MIA's department for special assignments "violated the procedure for using special means determined by the law and inflicted harm to the health of two protesters," stated an official from the Georgian General Prosecutor's Office at a press briefing held on July 16 as quoted by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The criminal case was instituted against the policeman under the article on abuse of power with the use of weapons.

The General Prosecutor's Office of Georgia continues to carry out an "intensive investigation" into the facts of abuse of power by the policemen against some participants of the protests on June 20-21, reported the Georgian General Prosecutor's Office on its website on July 16.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 17, 2019 at 02:10 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Galina Gotua; Source: CK correspondent

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