‘RED CROSS ADMITTED TO RALLY PARTICIPANTS’ DETENTION PLACES’
30 June, 2011
‘RED CROSS ADMITTED TO RALLY PARTICIPANTS’ DETENTION PLACES’

 

Interview with the member of Parliament Majority Davit Darchiashvili

Last week long waiting of oppositional ‘Eight’ came to an end and the authorities presented to the opposition the suggestions about improving of election environment. We requested Davit Darchiashvili, Chairman of the Committee for Integration with Europe to comment on this and other current issues.

Q.- The authorities are offering GEL 1 million to oppositional parties participating in negotiations; this may cause suspicion among the rest of the opposition.

D.D. – I returned from

abroad only yesterday and haven’t seen the text yet. Thus, the details are unknown to me.

Q. – The argument of Interior Ministry that Irakli Okruashvili, former Minister of Defense, was allegedly going to topple the authorities with the help of 200-men-strong armed Russian special mission unit was taken by opposition as doubtful.

D.D.- The Interior Ministry wouldn’t spread such information without argumentation and live data. The process of investigation, naturally, consists of more components than the live data. At first investigation must be carried on, verdict must be announced. Only after this I’ll be able to give legal assessment to this fact.

Q.- Within the frame of EU-Georgia dialog in Brussels the issue of May 26 events and disproportional use of force on part of police is discussed.

D.D. – International organizations, including the Red Cross have been admitted to rally participants’ detention places. This issue was discussed at the Parliament when listening to the Ombudsman’s speech.

Q. – After May 26 amendments have been introduced to the law on ‘Meetings and Manifestations’. According to opposition it’s infringement of Constitutional rights of people.

Q. – As the issue of alleged approval of 20-meter limit could raise questions it was removed; but in case of logical argumentation the administrative offices were given the right to impose such limitation and this is but natural. If the number of people is small and the meeting still prevents the functioning of an organization then the rally-members should be imposed some restrictions. This is an internationally shared practice.

 

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