Bitsadze is not going to give up!
Former head of the Georgian Border Police, as well as the spouse of Georgian opposition leader Nino Burjanadze - Badri Bitsadze, who was sentenced in absentia to 5.5 years in prison by Georgian court, does not intend to surrender to the Georgian authorities. As reported by Trend, Bitsadze said this in an interview to the weekly "Asaval-Dasavali". According Bitsadze, it does not bring pleasure to the Georgian authorities "to keep him behind the bars".
This is the first interview of Bitsadze to Georgian press after the court ruled the sentence. According to unofficial information, Bitsadze is abroad.
According to him, the court relied on false charges that were based on the testimony of a certain man. "General Uchava, who has betrayed me, gave such testimony, about which I had no idea, and about what I was not talking to him" - said Bitsadze to reporters.
He said he would fight with the authorities to the end. In his words, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili personally ordered the Special Forces, who dispersed the rally of the "National Assembly" at night on May 26 , "to beat Bitsadze and Burjanadze to death". This information was confirmed by Burjanadze in an interview to the same edition.
It is worth recalling that during the tragic events of May 26 in the heart of the Georgian capital at Rustaveli Avenue, two people died, including the policeman who was knocked down by the motorcade of Burjanadze.
A sentence to Bitsadze was pronounced in absentia on August 19. He was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. He was convicted under Article 25.353 of the first two of the Criminal Code of Georgia - "confrontation, threat or violence against the defenders of public order or other authorities, carried out by a group". He was also charged with illegal actions during the protest of "National Assembly", which were carried out in Tbilisi for five days, untill disperse on the night of May 26.