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Tuesday, July 20
Prepared by the Messenger Staff

Georgian Dream to nominate a candidate for Tbilisi mayor today

The ruling party Georgian Dream will nominate a candidate for Tbilisi mayor tomorrow, July 20. The event will be held in Mtatsminda Park at 20:00. The invitation of the guest was spread on the Internet, the media itself has not invited the party yet, they have not released any official announcement.

The press service of Formula was told that the media will be included in the event and they will be informed about it tomorrow.

Georgia will hold self-government elections on October 2.

Bokeria: I do not think that Michelle fully understands how grave the situation is

The leader of European Georgia, Giga Bokeria, thinks that the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, does not fully understand the hazardous situation of the country.

“It lacked the perception of drama about the situation, how risky the situation is in Georgia. The overall sense of normalcy is a self-deception, and I'm sorry that some political forces, he says, are contributing on purpose or involuntarily,” Bokeria said on the Formula One program.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, visited Georgia within the framework of the Batumi International Conference.

Restricting convicts from contacting on an Ombudsman’s Office declared unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court declared the restriction of the convict / accused's connection to the Public Defender's hotline unconstitutional.

The law used to restrict the possibility of the accused or convict calling to the Public Defender's hotline during the disciplinary sanction, as well as during their solitary confinement.

In particular, the disputed norm restricted telephone communication as a disciplinary sanction, during which the right of the Public Defender to connect to the hotline was automatically restricted.

The Ombudsman notes that the ability to contact the Public Defender via the hotline is one of the most effective and efficient means of detecting human rights violations, and restricting this was inadmissible.

The Constitutional Court agreed with the Public Defender's argument.