US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan said the embassy is disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court regarding Nika Gvaramia’s case.
“Of course, we’re very disappointed in the decision from the very beginning. The United States has expressed our concerns about this case, about the timing of the arrest, about the charges themselves, and of course about the sentence that was issued. As we have said, many times, even the perception of interference in a judicial decision like this, political interference undermines Georgia’s system of justice, undermines the public’s confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary, which is so essential to a strong and healthy democracy. We were, of course, hoping that the Supreme Court would see the problems with this case and come to a more reasoned decision. They have made their decision and of course, were quite disappointed,” Kelly Degnan said.
On June 19, the lawyer of jailed Nika Gvaramia, Director of the Mtavari Arkhi (Main Channel) TV, stated that the Supreme Court had ruled that the lawsuit in Gvaramia’s case was inadmissible.