Police Officers Call on President Zurabishvili Not to Pardon Lazare Grigoriadis


Police officers, who claim to have been injured during March 7-8 rallies called on the Georgian President, Salome Zurabishvili, not to pardon Lazare Grigoriadis, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia reported. 

“The law enforcers made the decision to appeal to the President after the information was spread on a number of occasions that the family members of Lazare Grigoriadis and human rights defenders appealed to Salome Zurabishvili for his pardon,” - says the MIA statement. 

As the group of police officers claim, “pardoning an individual who attacked them will create a sense in the society that the attack on the defenders of public order will remain unpunished.” They also note that Zurabishvili’s pardon of Grigoriadis “will be a message to the public that the state policy regarding the facts of assault against police, violence and domestic crimes is lenient.”

The MIA employees remind the President of the fact that in 2019, when Zurabishvili pardoned a person convicted of the murder of a 22-year-old policeman, Tarash Mukbaniani, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison and left a penitentiary facility in 5 years.