POSSIBLE FACT OF POLITICAL INTIMIDATION/HARASSMENT
Date: 2020-10-20
Period: 2020 Parliamentary elections - Pre-election period
District: Telavi , Village Karajala
Incident Category: Intimidation , Threatening
2020-09-30
On August 27, Radio Hereti reported that in village Karajala of Telavi Municipality a supporter of the Georgian Dream party was pressured by a member of the United National Movement. According to Aghajala Oghujov, he, as a supporter of the Georgian Dream, was approached by several individuals at night and was told that unless he stopped supporting the party, he would be punished after the United National Movement came into power. Oghujov has implicated a majoritarian candidate of Akhmeta-Telavi-Kvareli-Lagodekhi, Giorgi Botkoveli. He thinks that his intimidation was in Botkoveli’s interests.
Oghujov refused to speak with ISFED observer. According to the Georgian Dream Sakrebulo member Zurab Musaev, he only knows what has been reported in the article and can neither confirm nor deny it. However, he added that he trusts Oghujov and believes him.
In an interview with the observer, the UNM candidate Giorgi Botkoveli categorically denied his and his supporters’ participation in such incident.


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