Seven of 40 detained over riots in Batumi arrested

Seven of 40 detained over riots in Batumi arrested

Georgia's court arrested seven out of the 40 people detained during the protests in the Georgia's southern city of Batumi, the Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili said.

According to him, every person that took part in this will be punished. Identification is underway, the criminal case has been opened and the investigation has started, Sputnik reported.

"Seven people have been arrested over administrative violations, the rest of the 40 detainees have been temporary released," the minister said, adding that the administrative cases against the released are not dismissed, and that the accused will undoubtedly stand trial.

Late on Saturday, a man's disagreement over a parking fine in Batumi led to anti-police protests, which then escalated into riots.

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