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Ukrainians detained in Georgia do not admit their guilt, - lawyer

Ukrainians stated that they arrived in Georgia as tourists did not know “who benefits from the detention”
14:36, 4 December 2018

Reuters

The Ukrainians detained in Georgia who are accused of illegal purchase and possession of arms, do not admit their guilt, as one of the lawyers of the detained Ukrainians said, Georgia Online reported.

“As a protest, the human rights activists did not sign the charge papers and wrote “Glory to Ukraine” there,” the lawyer said and added that the accused arrived in Georgia as tourists and did not know “who benefits from the detention.”

Related: Ukraine's Foreign Ministry confirms detention of six Ukrainians in Georgia

At the same time, Giorgi Gakharia, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry, claimed a possible connection of the detained Ukrainians with Saakashvili’s party, as Interfax-Ukraine reported. According to the Minister, they might have some ties with the opposition party “United National Movement,” which is led by ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.

“Given the sensitive topic due to the presidential elections, there are some suspicions. The statements they made during the questioning, the fact that they took part in different rallies in Tbilisi confirm the existing suspicions. We have seized weapons the detainees carried,” Gakharia said.

Related: Poroshenko congratulates Zurabishvili on victory in Georgian presidential elections

As we reported earlier, seven citizens of Ukraine were arrested in Alliance Hotel in Tbilisi 

It is stated that former Georgian serviceman who fought in Ukrainian battalion ‘Donbas’ Luka Chkhetia is among the detainees. His father Sergo Chkhetia told reporters that his son was going to take part in protest action scheduled for December 2 in Tbilisi.

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