Georgian ombudsman names priest, blogger as organizers of July 5 anti-LGBTQ rally and calls for their prosecution

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09/06/2021

The ombudsman calls for the prosecution of an ultra-nationalist journalist and an archpriest of the Georgian Orthodox Church for organizing violence against journalists and LGBTQ rights activists. Ombudsman Nino Lomjaria said 53 people have been identified as victims of the July 5 gang violence and 27 people have been prosecuted. However, no one has been prosecuted for organizing the violence. “Two months have passed since the violent events of July 5, but the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has not launched a criminal prosecution against any person on charges of organizing group violence. The Public Defender has studied the videos disseminated by the media and believes that the publicly available evidence reaches the standard of […] to initiate criminal proceedings against two persons for organizing and also for publicly inciting violent acts,” says the statement issued by Nino Lomjaria, the ombudsman of Georgia.

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