Shalva Papuashvili: It has been proven that Lazare Grigoriadis is guilty – I wonder if the groups that attacked the justice system are going to apologize

It is significant that the allegations that existed concerning him – that he is guilty of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a police officer and trying to burn a person alive – were confirmed, Georgian Parliament Chairman Shalva Papuashvili stated.

According to Papuashvili, now that the court’s verdict in the case of Lazare Grigoriadis has been reached, the position of those groups, nongovernmental organizations, and the opposition, which unanimously attacked the Georgian justice system, is now interesting. In Papuashvili’s view, it is now the responsibility of the donors to stop the unjust attack on the court by these NGOs.

“The court discussed this, the proceedings were transparent, and a verdict was reached. One issue remains now. What is the position of those groups, those nongovernmental organizations and the opposition that unanimously attacked the Georgian justice system, including the prosecution, and wanted to politicize this process? Do they intend to apologize for their position towards the court? I have already seen the reaction of some nongovernmental organizations, which [employed] exactly the same methods as in the cases of Rustavi 2, Mikheil Saakashvili, and Melia to declare them as political. They were eventually proven false in the Strasbourg court. They are now beginning to undermine the Georgian justice system using exactly the same methods. Therefore, now the question is addressed to their donors – these donors should immediately stop this anti-state attempt to undermine the court because now it will be their fault, and once they return to the same cycle – attacking the court, attacking the state – this case might end up in Strasbourg as well. In the end, Strasbourg will say that the Georgian justice system was right, and the accusers were in the wrong. In the meantime, two or three more years will go by and there will be yet another torrent of slander against Georgia. Therefore, now it is the responsibility of the donors to stop the unjust attack on the court by these NGOs,” Papuashvili stated.

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