The Office of Prosecutor General of Georgia took a decision on prosecution of Nikanor Melia

2019-06-25 18:52:40

As you are aware, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Georgia and the Central Criminal Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia proceed with the investigation on the fact of organising, leading and participating in a group violence committed on June 20-21, 2019 in front of the Parliament under Article 225 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. 

Within the above investigation, the elements of offence under the Criminal Code of Georgia were identified in the acts of Nikanor Melia, the member of the Parliament of Georgia.  The decision on prosecution under Articles 225.1 and 225.2 of the Criminal Code of Georgia has been taken towards Nikanor Melia for organising and participating in a group violence during the public demonstration. Nikanor Melia is summoned to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Georgia to be officially accuses in the offence.  The Office of the Prosecutor General of Georgia in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Georgia has informed the legislative body about the criminal prosecution against the member of the Parliament and has applied to obtain the approval of the Parliament to arrest the MP. 

Further, the Ministry of Internal Affairs actively conducts the identification procedures of the persons who on June 20-21 were expressly committing violent acts and were trying to break through the police cordon and attack the Parliament of Georgia, were throwing different object towards the law enforcement officers, were assaulting them physically and were destroying private property.  The most of the persons are identified.  In the coming days relevant measures will be taken to prosecute them criminally for the acts. 

Beside the above-mentioned, as you are aware,  121 persons were remanded in custody for committing various offences during the demonstration, the part of the group has been already released form custody. At the time being 45 persons remain in custody.

Taking into account the extent of participation in the offences by the persons, the decision is taken to apply to court for releasing most of them from custody.