Georgia’s former PM under the Georgian Dream (GD) government Giorgi Gakharia, who is now in the opposition heading For Georgia party, has stated that Imedi TV ‘which is biased for the government’ has made another ‘ungrounded accusation’ against him ‘without providing any evidence.’
The channel journalist claimed from Austria that the Venice clinic Rudolfinerhaus, where Gakharia says he tested for drugs, does not make such tests at all.
Gakharia has called on the channel to invite him ‘to exclusively speak on Imedi TV live’ on the issue, adding that ‘I understand the condition of journalists.’
Gakharia and his party have several times accused the channel of being biased,’ which was trying to discredit the ex-PM and For Georgia party.
They also said that Imedi TV refused to invite the party members or to contact them for comments on various issues concerning the party.
The channel earlier responded that their mission is ‘not to allow the return of the United National Movement to power’ and that the channel is independent in its editorial policy.
“We will decide ourselves when and who to invite,” said the channel.
The turnpoil over the drug test was launched after incumbent Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze tested for drugs and encouraged his opponents to do so.
Gakharia said that a ‘provocation was staged against him’ if he tested for drugs in Tbilisi and that is why he went abroad for this.