The High Council of Justice has issued a statement regarding the case of Nika Melia, the chairman of the United National Movement, and calls on everyone to refrain from politicizing and discrediting the court.
«The High Council of Justice of Georgia is responding to the insulting, unfounded and false accusations against the judiciary and Judge Nino Chakhnashvili in connection with the pardon of Nikanor Melia, accused of leading and participating in a criminal case on June 20, 2019.
The slanderous campaign against the court and the trial judge these days has gone beyond the principles of freedom of speech and expression and has turned into false accusations and personal insults.
We would like to explain to the public that Nikanor Melia, accused in the given criminal case, has violated the terms of the bail used as a measure of restraint. He was aware of the legal consequences of violating the terms of the bail. He consciously and purposefully avoided fulfilling his obligations under the law, about which he repeatedly stated publicly.
We emphasize that according to the current legislation of Georgia, intentional / conscious violation of the bail conditions and obvious disregard of the requirements of the law is unequivocally the basis for a measure of restraint — replacement of the bail with imprisonment. The Code of Criminal Procedure does not allow for an alternative decision in the event of such a breach of bail by the accused.
In view of all the above, the High Council of Justice calls on everyone to refrain from attempting to politicize and discredit the court. «The court will not allow selective justice to be administered and the requirements of the law to be disregarded in order to avoid unsubstantiated allegations by certain groups,» the council said in a statement.