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A major opposition leader arrested in a major operation in Georgia


At the request of the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office, the leader of the United Nations, Nika Melia, has not yet surrendered to the police, despite the removal of her lawyer at an emergency parliamentary session last week and her subsequent arrest. The decision of the Tbilisi City Court was taken into custody in an operation involving hundreds of police.

Many police teams came to the party center in the morning and tried to apply the arrest warrant for Melia. Security forces entered through all the entrances and the roof of the building, first removing Melia’s supporters, representatives of other opposition parties and members of the press.

After an operation that lasted about an hour, Melia was arrested and taken to the police station. There were clashes between security forces and the opposition in response to the operation. Several people were detained.

Charges against Melia

At the meeting of the 26th Orthodox Interparliamentary General Assembly in Georgia on June 20, 2019, thousands of people protested against the seat of Sergei Gavrilov, a member of the Russian Communist Party and a member of the Russian State Duma, who was in the Russian delegation. speaker of parliament.

Melia, who was arrested for inciting protesters and later released on bail, was re-arrested when she failed to pay bail.

At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the ruling Georgian Dream Party, which had a majority at an emergency parliamentary session yesterday, voted to remove Melia from office. The Tbilisi City Court also arrested Melia, but the main opposition leader did not surrender to police.

At a joint press conference with opposition leaders who visited her party to support her, Melia said she had not accepted the court’s decision and would not surrender to police.

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