The applicants were five human rights activists, who had protested outside the Tbilisi Court of Appeal in support of the owners of a private television channel who were on trial that day. They alleged that around three minutes after the first applicant started making a speech, several court bailiffs restrained them by force, without prior warning or explanation. They were then allegedly locked in the bailiffs’ duty room for around three hours, and assured that they were not under arrest and would soon be released. However, their case file contained records of arrest for contempt of court and breach of public order. The applicants were transferred to a remand centre, where they learnt that they had been sentenced to 30 days’ detention by the president of the Court of Appeal.
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