The Georgian Interior Ministry has been fined 2,000 GEL by the State Inspector’s Office for a video by surveillance cameras depicting journalist Lekso Lashkarava, who was beaten by right-wing activists during Tbilisi Pride events on July 5 and died several days after being discharged from hospital.
The ministry spread the footage to point at alleged consumption of drugs which could cause death rather than injuries inflicted by violent groups.
The State Inspector’s Office says that the release of the footage is a violation of the law on personal data.
The medical facility, where Lashkarava was allegedly taken by his friend after the ‘drug overdose,’ was also fined by the agency by 500 GEL for the release of the footage reflecting the incident.
The State Inspector’s Office says that the footage failed to respond to the public’s questions on the concrete reason for the death.