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PACE Concerned Over Seizure Of Georgian Bank Accounts

Rapporteurs for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed concern over the seizure by Georgian authorities of bank accounts belonging to political parties in the Georgian Dream opposition coalition.

The co-rapporteurs for Georgia -- Denmark's Michael Aastrup Jensen and Latvia's Boriss Cilevics -- said in a statement that the move by Georgian authorities undermines the opposition's participation in the campaign ahead of the October 1 parliamentary elections.

Georgian Dream accused the government on August 18 of freezing the accounts of all six coalition member parties and seizing all incoming campaign donations.

The PACE officials said in their statement that the co-rapporteurs will visit Georgia on September 11-12 as part of PACE's preelection mission.

With reporting by