Tbilisi. Public Defender responds to trials of persons detained on 18 November 2019.
“At this stage, according to the information available to us, some of the detainees were detained on November 18, during working hours. Consequently, the maximum term of their detention is 12 hours, according to the Georgian legislation. After this period expires, it is necessary to release them. We would also like to emphasize the fact that only one judge is considering the cases of administrative detention, which naturally complicates the administration of swift justice. It is necessary to involve additional judges in the process in order to prevent violation of the detainees' procedural rights. We urge Tbilisi City Court to comply with the requirements of the law and conduct trials timely and fairly”, is noted in the statement.