"The way this process was conducted and the steps taken clearly show to everyone that this was a politically motivated decision," Giorgi Gakharia, the leader of For Georgia, said at a briefing at the party's office.
At the same time, Gakharia hopes that this case will not hinder the country's European integration.
"It is clear to me that it is simply impossible to explain this case without political motives. Given the importance of the Government's steps and attitude towards the country's European values and media today, even if the verdict was 100% correct, which I cannot say because I am not familiar with the case materials, the way the process was conducted and the steps taken clearly show to everyone that this was a politically motivated decision.
If I am not mistaken, this case has been under investigation for more than 3 years and this verdict could be delivered either a week earlier, or a month earlier, or two or three months later. Besides, there are several options in the Criminal Code of Georgia, including a much lighter one, which would have allowed Nika Gvaramia to continue performing his professional rights even in case of conviction," Giorgi Gakharia said.