Leader of European Georgia opposition party and ex-Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava has been sentenced to three years and two months in prison by Georgian Supreme Court for the embezzlement of 48 million GEL from Tbilisi Municipal Development fund while in office.
In February 2018 the Tbilisi Court of Appeals also sentenced Ugulava to one year and three months to prison in the case. However, the sentence was absorbed by another sentence Ugulava faced.
Ugulava and the opposition say it is ‘political persecution,’ adding that the ruling party has ‘crossed the red line.’
The ruling party officials say that 'everyone is equal before law,' excluding any political ground.