The United States welcomes President Zourabichvili’s decision to pardon Nika Gvaramia, the US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan said on Friday.
She believes that Georgians should stand together now and not be divided.
“This case has been very problematic from the beginning and has added to the deep polarization that we’ve seen in Georgia for many years. The President’s decision is an important contribution to reducing the polarization in Georgia,” she stated.
The Ambassador continued: “President Zourabichvili has the prerogative of pardoning. She has made it very clear that this was her decision. The US, EU and others have been very clear from the beginning about their concerns. Expressing concerns is what friends do when they have concerns and this does not mean interference. I am confident that President Zourabichvili takes her pardoning authority very seriously.”
Mtavari TV founder Nika Gvaramia was released from Rustavi’s 12th penal institution late last night following President Salome Zourabichvili’s pardon.