Lawyer Giorgi Mshvenieridze says that Elguja Tsomaia and the father and son, the Tstsorias, who were detained for providing a shelter to Mikheil Saakashvili, have not committed an offense as hiding a defendant cannot be defined as an offense.
''If these people were detained for hiding a crime, which is Saakashvili's move to cross the border illegally, this cannot be deemed a grave crime, and concealing it cannot result in criminal prosecution. For this reason, these people are hostages who are being punished for acting the way they did, which is not a crime. The criminal law has an immensely explicit principle: there is no crime without the law,'' the lawyer told Formula TV.
Third President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili was detained on 1 October.