Georgia’s Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia has apologised over police raids on two popular nightclubs in Tbilisi. Gakharia met with protest leaders during a rally in front of Tbilisi’s parliament building on Sunday evening. Far-right groups, who have been holding counter-demonstrations against ‘drug dealers and LGBT propagandists’ vowed to continue to protest.
Thousands of people rallied on 12 May against the nightclub raids and police violence, demanding the PM and Interior Minister’s resignations. [Read more…]
Masked police raided two popular Tbilisi nightclubs, Bassiani and Café Gallery under the pretence of detaining drug traffickers on the night of 11 May. Police forcibly removed club-goers from the venues and clashes ensued. [Read more…]
Several dozen have gathered on 8 May in front of Tbilisi Public School No 1 to ‘pay respect’ to those who died from ‘unidentified substances’. At least four passed away in their sleep in the last two weeks in Georgia, allegedly from drug overdose after visiting nightclubs. [Read more…]
Giorgi ‘Bakhala’ Giorganashvili, a Georgian actor sentenced to eight years in prison in January on drug charges, has now been charged with organised drug trafficking. The Interior Ministry claims Giorganashvili was involved in a plot to smuggle drugs from Turkey to Georgia in an ambulance; if convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, or life imprisonment. [Read more…]
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on 25 January to protest the conviction of actor Giorgi ‘Bakhala’ Giorganashvili on drugs charges. Tbilisi City Court sentenced Giorganashvili, who claimed police planted drugs on him, to eight years in prison. [Read more…]
An investigation into Georgian rap duo Birja Mafia, whose members faced life imprisonment on drug charges they claimed were bogus, has been halted ‘due to lack of evidence’.
The wife of man detained for ‘consuming alcohol and drugs’ has been forced to apologise to Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov, after she accused police of behaving illegally.
Tbilisi City Court has fined Beka Tsikarishvili, who became an icon for drug reform activists in the country, with ₾2,000 ($820) for possession of 69 grammes of cannabis. [Read more…]
A number of minor opposition parties and drug reform advocacy groups have directly accused Georgia’s authorities of blame for the reported poisoning of at least 10 people, with one dead at the GemFest music festival. They argue that the government’s strict drug laws meant that drug users do not know what substances they are taking, and are unable to verify them. [Read more…]