Muslims demand return of Minaret and investigation of incident

The Muslim population of Adigeni, Tsalka and Batumi demand return of a Minaret to its initial place in Tchela village and investigation of the August 26 incident.

The Muslim population of Adigeni, Tsalka and Batumi demand return of a Minaret to its initial place in Tchela village and investigation of the August 26 incident.

 

The Muslims are still gathered at the Mosque in the village. The situation was tense in the village during the whole day. Locals protested outside Akhaltsikhe regional police. Clashes took place several times.

The Minaret of a Mosque was demolished in the village Tchela, Adigen region yesterday. 
Over 20 were arrested after the scuffle between the locals and law enforcers. Eleven people have been released. Six people were imposed to pay administrative fine.

The Public Defender of Georgia made a statement about the village Tchella developments. 
As the statement says, representatives of the Public Defender’s office were in Akhaltsikhe today, where they met the locals and those who were detained.

“Public defender’s office will make final assessment after studying the case in detail. But before this, we consider it reasonable to mention that due to the sensitivity of the issue, all the parties should act within law. 

Freedom of religion and belief is one of the fundamental rights of Georgian constitution. The state is obliged to provide freedom of religion and also take measures to eradicate such violation. According to the information spread by the mass media, law enforcers physically abused the locals, which we think is unacceptable and needs timely response and reaction from the appropriate departments. 

We also hope that the case of the detainees will be discussed in compliance with law and the court will study all the factual and legal foundations of the case and the taken decisions will be well-grounded”, the statement of the Public Defender’s Office says.

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