Bitsadze was sentenced in absentia to 5 years and 6 months in prison
Tbilisi City Court ruled on the case of the former head of the Georgian Border Police Badri Bitsadze. As reported by "Georgia-News", according to the court decision Bitsadze was sentenced in absentia to 5 years and 6 months imprisonment. This information was made public by press service of the court.
"According to the court case, Badri Bitsadze, on whose initiative semi-militarized group "Klyatvenniki" was formed by the social movement "National Assembly", May 2011 met with Gia Uchava and gave him an order to attack the police officers during the protests of "National Assembly". He was to do this with the help of trusted and physically strong members of "Klyatvenniki" with batons, as well as with other objects as weapons, this attack was to grow into a large-scale physical confrontation" - "Georgia-News" quoted a message of press service.
As a result, Bitsadze was convicted under Article 25.353, part two of the Criminal Code of Georgia - "confrontation, threat or violence against the defenders of public order or other authorities, executed by a group".
Bitsadze's lawyers continue to defend his innocence.
Location of Bitsadze is still unknown. According to a version, he left Georgia after the events of May 26 in Tbilisi.