15 Jul 2019 18:31

Georgian special forces member detained for exceeding his powers while dispersing protest

TBILISI. July 15 (Interfax) - The Georgian Chief Prosecutor's Office has announced the detention of a special forces member, who acted outside his authority while dispersing the protest rally in front of the parliament's building on Tbilisi on June 20-21, when several hundred radicals had tried to storm the building.

"The investigators found that at dawn on June 21, this employee of the Interior Ministry acted outside his authority and engaged in physical violence against the person detained for an administrative offense," the prosecution's office said in a statement.

According to the statement, the Chief Prosecutor's Office has filed a petition with the court seeking the policeman's pre-trial custody.

The prosecutor's office released a video footage showing that the special forces member had hit a detained man refusing to get into the police van in the face twice.