British Embassy to Georgia has stated that the recent sentencing of opposition European Georgia leader Gigi Ugulava “leaves unanswered questions” concerning the timing and process.
Sentencing of opposition leader #Ugulava leaves unanswered questions around timing & process. Also impacts on dialogue on electoral system that will earn trust of #Georgia|n electorate. As friend & strategic partner, UK encourages steps to narrow divisions & reinforce democracy.— UK in Georgia (@UKinGeorgia) February 11, 2020
The British Embassy said that, “as a friend and a strategic partner”, it encourages steps “to narrow divisions and reinforce democracy” in Georgia.
Yesterday, Supreme Court of Georgia sentenced opposition leader and ex-Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava to three years and two months in prison for the embezzlement of 48 million GEL from Tbilisi Municipal Development fund while in office.
Therefore, the united opposition has suspended a dialogue with the ruling party over the upcoming parliamentary polls in 2020 and announced a large-scale rally at the Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi on April 4 instead.