PM on Rurua’s conviction: owning a TV channel or being called a political prisoner must not be used as an alibi

 Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia says that the Georgian justice system is transparent and has progressed much over the past several years., 30 Jul 2020 - 16:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has responded to the recent conviction of the co-founder of the opposition-minded TV channel Giorgi Rurua, stating that if someone commits a crime, he must be held accountable, no matter whether he owns a television or is labelled as a political prisoner by the opposition. 

Rurua, who calls himself a political prisoner, was sentenced to four years in prison for the illegal possession and carrying of firearms earlier today by Tbilisi City Court. 

If someone commits a crime, being called a political prisoner by several people or owning a TV channel must not be an alibi to avoid responsibility,” Gakharia said. 

He stated that the Georgian justice system ‘is transparent’ and the government never interferes in the court’s issues. 

The opposition claims that Rurua is a political prisoner and he was convicted ‘personally by the founder of the ruling party Bidzina Ivanishvili.’ 

MEP Anna Fotyga has urged Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili to pardon Rurua.