17 Jul 2019 22:00

Georgian prosecutors question interior minister on attempt to storm parliament in Tbilisi June 20-21

TBILISI. July 17 (Interfax) - Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia was questioned at the Chief Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday concerning the opposition's attempt to storm the parliament and commit a coup on June 20-21.

"I answered all questions by the investigation, including as regards the possible use of excessive force by police while dispersing the rally," Gakharia told journalists after being questioned at the Chief Prosecutor's Office.

The government and the Interior Ministry are currently focused on the health of those who were injured during the dispersal of the unlawful demonstration, he said.

"In addition, we deem very important the findings of an investigation that should identify all organizers of the illegal demonstration who turned a peaceful demonstration into a violent one, which was followed by an organized storm of the Georgian parliament. To repel this storm, police had to use special means," he said.