NEW WAVE OF ARRESTS STARTED
30 May, 2013
NEW WAVE OF ARRESTS STARTED
Interview with Nugzar Tsiklauri, one of minority leaders

‘The mood in ‘National Movement’ is grave; they think that there is an attempt to somehow crush the strongest opposition force’, - declared Nugzar Tsiklauri, member of parliamentary minority; we began our interview with him by the issue of arrest of ex-premier Vano Merabishvili.
N.T. – Charges brought against Vano Merabishvili were connected with finances but the Prosecutor’s Office preliminarily speaks about some other charges and this indicates at politicization of the
case. The Prosecutor’s Office says that they don’t yet have prepared the materials to accuse Merabishvili of the cases they are announcing. Bidzina Ivanishvili considered the points of view of Kakabadze-Beselia list members at the political prisoners gathering and arrested Vano Merabishvili. It’s a fact that after demanding restoration of this pseudo-justice, new wave of arrests started. Merabishvili is not the person who would hide from investigation. His detention was a symbolic fact aiming at bulling political opponents. Every leading International Organization of the world shares this point of view of our political group members. It was followed by unprecedented wave of repercussion from US Senators, EU and other organizations Georgia collaborates with. Everybody sees that due to impossibility to solve the problems and implement pre-election promises political opponents are being persecuted.
Q. – Are you expecting more arrests of your team-members?
A. – I don’t exclude the arrests to continue. The authorities think and this was publicly declared by Ivanishvili and that arrests and queues at the Prosecutor’s Office will stop after ‘National Movement’ ceases political activity.
Q. – After Merabishvili’s detention, haven’t you changed your mind to hold primaries and won’t you nominate him as a presidential candidate?
A. – We can’t pretend as if we don’t see anything. Since detention of the General Secretary new political reality has been created. Thus, we may select the candidate based on survey of International Organizations. Arrest of Merabishvili and Bacho Akhalaia and the expectation, that this destructive policy may continue, demands from the party mobilization of forces. No vanishing threatens the ‘National Movement’ and the problems created due to inconsistent policy of the authorities will be one of the motivators to make our political force even stronger.
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