UPDATED: Police release Tbilisi Pride counter-rally instigators after 6 hours of interrogation

  • Among the individuals taken in for questioning are right-wing activist Guram Palavandishvil and his son Alexandre Palavandishvili. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 16 Jul 2021 - 19:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

Updated: 19:26

After six hours of interrogation Guram Palavandishvili, Zurab Makharadze and archpriest Tskipurishvili have left the Tbilisi Main Police Department.

All three individuals interrogated  today say they did not commit any violence during the counter rally on July 5. 

Makharadze told journalists that he answered all the questions of the police. 

He added that 'if there is pressure from the US ambassador and ambassadors of the European countries'  he could not rule out being arrested. 

Palavandishvili, Makharadze and Tskipurishvili said police seized mobile phones, walkie-talkies and weapons that were registered in their name while searching their homes. 

Earlier: 14:29

Police have taken several instigators of the Tbilisi Pride counter rally on July 5 in for questioning after searching their homes. 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs told local media outlet IPN that searches had been carried out at the homes of several individuals.

Among the individuals taken in for questioning are right-wing activist Guram Palavandishvil and his son Alexandre Palavandishvili.

Palavandishvili told reporters he did not expect to be arrested and law enforcers did not seize anything from his house.

No illegal thing could be found in our house. In general, we are very law-abiding people, unless the laws contradict the 10 commandments. If they contradict the 10 commandments, neither the US ambassador, nor the Turkish ambassador, nor Putin can stand against us", said Palavandishvili.

He added that 'we refuse to be interrogated … only in court and with a lawyer'. 

We express concern that the instigators of the violence – Tbilisi Pride, TV stations, media terrorists – will not be detained. I have no expectations that I would be arrested, you should be arrested, you terrorists. There was terror on your part and we could have died as well. Everyone could have died”, he said.

In addition, police searched the apartment of the founder of right wing media outlet Alt-Info Zurab Makharadze, who has also been taken to the police station together with Shota Martinenko, Giorgi Kardava, Irakli Kizilashvili and Koka Morgoshia – 'all members of our group', reports Alt-Info.

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