After the arrest of Nika Melia, members of the Georgian government and leaders of the Georgian Dream party made comments. They thank the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Georgian police for the successful arrest of Melia and the special operation.
“Today we have witnessed that we are a state governed by the rule of law, we are a strong state, we have a strong police, a very effective Minister of Internal Affairs, I want to publicly thank Gomelauri on behalf of the entire government and the entire police for protecting the dignity and stability of our state” , – said the newly appointed Prime Minister of the country, Irakli Gharibashvili.
Like Gharibashvili, thinks former Minister of Justice and current MP Tea Tsulukiani. He believes that the main court decision was enforced.
“Execution of the court decision was the only right step. Those who condemn it are either ignorant of Georgia, or politically engaged and biased outsiders, or even a domestic but not neutral advisor and analyst on the ordered music.
We have heard many similar pieces of advice over the past eight years: put aside the former president’s crimes and not try them, then what if people demand justice; Do not arrest the former Prime Minister, then what, that he committed many serious crimes while in office; Nor to arrest a former minister, then what, that torturing prisoners was his hobby; Do not condemn the National Movement, otherwise we will be offended, we will have a bad reaction; Ah, did you arrest him anyway? Let’s run now; etc.
It is such unfair “advice”, protection of the guilty political force and superficial statements that pour water on the mill of the occupier and cause surprise to the Georgian people who want to be in a Western family. Even such surprises are dangerous. If you understand what I mean, fine. “Thank you to the police for their highly qualified action!” Tsulukiani said.
We heard another thank you from MP Davit Matikashvili: “Nikanor Melia, by his actions, left the state with only one alternative way: to execute the court decision and return the proceedings within the law and the Constitution.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs has shown high professionalism and has successfully enforced the ruling, following all the rules provided by law, for which I sincerely thank the Minister of Internal Affairs and each police officer !!!!”, – the MP wrote.
Mamuka Mdinaradze and Irakli Kobakhidze also assessed the incident. Mdinaradze says that sharp criticism from the international community was expected for him. However, Georgia, as a state, must decide what is its priority and best.
“International partners, whose sharp reaction we naturally expected and it is inconceivable when you are faced with a choice, whether you will have a state and whether you will criticize your state or not.
I must say that you have to have a state first, then withstand criticism, and then you have to follow the path of what is called returning to our European family. “If you do not have a state and Nika Melia, one of them will overthrow this state with his statement and departure from the law, you can not think about Europe or NATO,” Mdinaradze said.
Irakli Kobakhidze also responds to the sharp criticism from the international community. He understands why Georgia’s Western partners may be concerned, but he also believes that Melia’s arrest will reduce polarization in the country, and the West will see that too.
“It is clear to us that international partners are afraid of further polarization of political processes in Georgia, which could lead the political system away from Western standards of relations.
However, our international partners will soon be convinced that the way to reduce polarization is through the unwavering protection of the dignity of the state, the realization of the rule of law and the principles of the rule of law.
Polarization is caused not by the presence of so-called politicians in prison, but by the presence of criminals in politics.
There is a simple principle in the Euro-Atlantic family: a politician who commits a crime, for example, digs into the buildings of constitutional bodies, bankrupts private banks or televisions, steals tens of millions from the budget, etc., does not remain in politics.
30 years after the restoration of independence, Georgia also deserves this standard, without the establishment of which a Euro-Atlantic quality democracy will never be established in Georgia.
“Today, the public reaction has clearly shown that the Georgian people are on the side of Euro-Atlantic values, and the main guiding principle for it is the rule of law and the rule of law,” Kobakhidze said.