Georgia opposition leader's detention illegal: court

Then mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava leaves a building after questioning by the Investigative Service of the Finance Ministry in Tbilisi on February 23, 2013Ex-Soviet Georgia’s constitutional court on Wednesday ruled that a top opposition leader detained on graft charges is being illegally kept in prison. Former Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava — an ally of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili — has been held in pre-trial detention since July 2014 on accusations of misspending state funds. “Gigi Ugulava’s imprisonment is totally illegal,” his lawyer Beka Basilaia, told AFP.

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