Levan Khabeishvili, the chair of the United National Movement opposition party, on Wednesday urged the diplomatic corps to give “due assessments” of what he said to the “government-back attack” on Misha Mshvildadze, a co-founder of the domestic Formula channel in June.
His comments came following the channel’s claims during the day that an employee of the country’s State Security Service, Giorgi Mumladze, had been engaged in the assault on the Formula channel presenter Mshvildadze on June 27.
Saying it was a “tragedy” a “personal banker” of Bidzina Ivanishvili - the founder of the ruling party and the former prime minister - Grigol Liluashvili was heading the law enforcement agency and “planning attacks on journalists”.
"Liluashvili is the most disgraceful man among Ivanishvili's bankers, who serve him personally and not the people. Liluashvili, until now, has been engaged in illegal surveillance of clergymen, teachers, politicians and journalists, and he thinks this will continue”, Khabeishvili said in his social media post.
He claimed following the channel’s investigation, the law enforcement officials would try to “find some solutions” to the issue, including “temporary”.
The domestic opposition accuses the government of staging attacks on opponents, claiming those who had attacked Mshvildadze for alleged negative comments on the Patriarch and the church and professor Levan Berdzenishvili, had both used the social media and posted “almost similar texts”, tagging the country’s Interior Ministry.
A Facebook user named Nikoloz Gugeshashvili on June 28 posted he had attacked Mshvildadze for his public statements, views and attitudes.