Statement by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
The decision by the de facto Abkhaz authorities to drop charges against the suspect of the killing of a Georgian civilian on 19 May 2016 at the Khurcha-Nabakevi crossing point on the Administrative Boundary Line with the breakaway region of Abkhazia, prevents justice taking its rightful course.
It also disregards a full year of intensive work, including the handing over of investigation materials at the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings. Impunity of serious crime negatively impacts perceptions of security on the ground.
Work on this case and other issues related to security on the ground must continue.
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