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2009-03-06
Georgian Judiciary System under Influence of Political Narcotic?!
Merab Ratishvili is known among Georgian society as a political prisoner; however two instances of Georgian court found him guilty for drug-addiction and illegal storage of narcotics. He often appeals and urges Georgian society to resist cruel judiciary system. He considers that on July 15, 2008 Tbilisi City Court sentenced him to 9-year-imprisonment because of his political activities. He is not very much looking forward to the verdict of Supreme Court as he knows the decision of previous instance will not be changed. Consequently, one more suit will be submitted to the European Court in Strasbourg since there is no fair trial in Georgia.

2009-02-02
Abortion Age Decreased – Now Girls of 14 Have Abortions
68 000 Women Die from Illegal Abortions around the World

The problem of illegal abortions is still serious in the 21st century. 67 900 women died from illegal abortions in the world ever year. Illegal abortion is a problem in Georgia as well. 14-19 year old girls apply to doctors for abortions more frequently.  It is new for the country.

2009-02-02
Bermudian Triangle: Police- Prosecutor’s Office- Court
Unfair Justice

The concept of unbiased and independent court failed on January 16, 2009. Vakhtang Abuashvili, 28 a patrol was sentenced to two years of prison term for the murder of Giorgi Gamtsemlidze, 31 by Judge Eka Gabrichidze of Collegium for Criminal Cases within Tbilisi City Court. The voice of the judge was trembling when she was reading the final verdict out loud but this will not console the family of deceased Gamtsemlidze. The justice did not prevail for the family. The only hope for them is to appeal the court verdict in the Strasbourg Court and find the truth there.

2009-01-23
Court VS Honor and Dignity of Soldier
On November 6, 2008 Gori district court signed plea-bargain with two soldiers who were accused for deserting the army during war operations in August 2008. According to the bargain, initial charge of the soldiers-deserting-was changed into disobedience. The attorneys of the accused people requested plea-bargain. They considered it was the shortest way to gain freedom for detainees in the expectation of the Presidential mercy. On December 17, 2008, on St. Barbare’s Day, soldiers were really pardoned and released. Everybody should have been pleased with the result but pardoned soldiers, Zurab Khorbaladze and Giorgi Meskhi are sure that impartial court should have estimated their innocence. However, the lawyers could not give them guarantee for similar decision and the accused people had to accept status of a guilty and get freedom at the expense of soldier’s honor and dignity. Whilst, they expected the court to protect their dignity.

2009-01-14
One Woman per Minute Dies in the World As a Result of Pregnancy Complications
Journalistic Investigation

“One of the reasons of the death among mothers and infants is family violence.”

According to official statistics 15 mothers and 2 325 infants died during last three years in Georgia. However, the data is not exact and the number of death is much more. Besides that, 1 371 cases of dead-born children were recorded during recent three years. 99% of death-rate among mother comes on developing countries. As for the reasons, they are: family violence, social conditions, education, post-childbirth complications and risky abortions (in basements, in secret cabinets).

2009-01-08
Invisible Witnesses and Blind Temida
Georgian Supreme Court passed final verdict on Guram Sharadze’s [former MP] murder. The court did not satisfy the cassation appeal of the attorneys. It happened on November 14 2008. Maia Oshkhareli, chairperson of the court, judges Davit Sulakvelidze and Iuri Tkeshelashvili estimated that assassination of Guram Sharadze “was not important case for the development and establishment of single judiciary practice”. Attorneys of Guram Sharadze’s family are preparing appeal to Strasbourg Court. Before the Supreme Court, district and appeal courts were discussing the murder case.

2009-01-06
Railway Station for Policemen and Thieves
Bail of 100 Thousand GEL for Having Bought Stolen Mobile Phone

Giorgi Jikuri, an accused student was allowed out on a 100 000 GEL bail for having purchased a mobile phone that cost just 300 GEL, as imposed by the Tbilisi City Court. The case is rather strange in its essence but not unprecedented. The court has passed similar verdicts in several other cases. In this particular case, student Giorgi Jikuri was imposed with that bail in May of 2007. It happened in Tbilisi, at reformed court. Soon it was found out that police had detained some eight more people with the same charge and each of them had to pay 100 000 GEL.
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