The European Union stated Saturday it had posted bail for Georgia’s jailed opposition chief, Nika Melia, paving the way in which for his launch and ending a protracted political disaster within the Caucasus nation.
“At the moment, a bail value 40,000 GEL ($11,600) was posted to be able to permit for Mr. Melia’s launch from pre-trial detention,” the EU delegation to Georgia stated in a press release, terming it “an essential step taken to finish the political disaster in Georgia.”
The timing of when Melia, 41, shall be launched was not instantly clear.
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Melia, the chairman of Georgia’s major opposition power, the United Nationwide Motion (UNM), was arrested in February in a violent police raid on his social gathering headquarters, sparking sturdy condemnation from the West.
The transfer adopted a court docket order to position him in pre-trial detention after he refused to pay an elevated bail charge forward of hearings in a case associated to anti-government demonstrations in 2019.
His launch is anticipated to pave the way in which for ending a political disaster that has gripped the ex-Soviet republic since October parliamentary polls the opposition denounced as rigged.
His social gathering had held out on signing final month’s EU-mediated settlement to defuse the disaster signed by particular person representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream social gathering and nearly all opposition events, saying it will accomplish that solely as soon as Melia was launched from jail.
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