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Statement of the Georgian Party –Party Secretary General Is Not Allowed to Fly to Paris

The government of Georgia still continues oppression on the members of Georgian Party. Yesterday, secretary general of the Georgian Party Irakli Dolaberidze was not allowed to leave the country for the second time, when he was going to fly to Paris to meet Irakli Orkuashvili, chairman of the party. The patrol police sent him back from the Tbilisi International Airport without explanations.

Irakli Dolaberidze has been deprived from the right to leave Georgia since January 6, 2012. He is in the data-base of people who cannot leave country. No criminal charge is imposed on him; he is not a probationer and there are no legal procedures which could restrict his right to travel abroad.

Besides political activities, Irakli Dolaberidze is Secretary General of the Karate National Federation and chief trainer of the Georgian National Team. He is also an international referee. So, he often travels abroad to participate in international tournaments and championships. French Embassy has granted long-term visa to him. Despite all that, the government arbitrarily restricts his right to travel that is related with his political activities.

The Georgian Party and Karate National Federation has petitioned to the Minister of Interior and Patrol Police Department to clarify the reason for restricting Irakli Dolaberidze’s right to travel but nobody answered to our petitions though all legal terms to answer to our petitions have expired.

Obviously, the government still continues its usual method of oppression on opponents that must be necessarily responded due to upcoming elections.

The Georgian Party again appeals to the MIA to give well-grounded clarifications to us why the secretary general of the party has his right to travel restricted. In near future, the Georgian Party will appeal to the Court against the MIA and will request reimbursement of material and moral damage of Irakli Dolaberidze.

The Georgian Party has been target of permanent oppression and terror by the government of Georgia recently. Ungrounded accusations, arbitrary detentions and slander against party members still continue. Irakli Dolaberidze’s case is another example of politically motivated persecution. Yesterday, President Lukashenko of Belarus also ordered to prohibit two oppositionists to leave country without any clarifications and Saakashvili’s government shares Lukashenko’s methods in the fight against opponents.

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