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2006-10-25
Who Owns Weapon in Samegrelo Region and Why?
Since 1991 it has been in fashion to have a gun in Samegrelo Region. Despite that such a large amount of arms has never been in the region before. Initially we should name those gangs who had guns-they are several groups set up by so-called Zviadists (supporters of Late Georgian President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia); as well as groups of Badri Zarandia, Jambul Bokuchava, Akaki Eliava, Anzor Chkheidze and Gocha Esebua.
2006-10-20
Georgian Slaves in Greece (Part II)
“On December 20, we left Trabzon at four in the morning. A man about forty took our documents when we drove off with him. We did not resist him, and we arrived in Istanbul that night. Only the driver had accompanied us from Trabzon. He only spoke Turkish and did not stop the car at all on the way to Istanbul. We were not well. Thea was sitting next to him, and the rest of us, five in all, were sitting in the back seat. I recall that the driver turned off the main highway on our way to Istanbul. We asked him where he was taking us, but he did not say anything until we reached an unknown located. There, having become fed up with our complaining, the Turk stopped the car and ordered us to get out. But, there were only mountains around, so where could we go? …”
2006-10-19
Georgian Slaves in Greece (Part I)
We reached the Greek city of Alexandroupoli after a 27-day trip through the rain and snow. Before that, we had been sold twice in Trabzon and Istanbul by Georgians. We, girls of ages 20 to 30, were forced to provide sexual favors to 60-year-old Turkish men. ….The most terrible [part of the trip] was the distance between Istanbul and the Greek border -- woods, rocks, narrow paths, lakes, and intolerable cold. Two young women froze to death in the Turkish woods, and we buried them at that place. One of us fell into the ravine…”
2006-10-18
Young Girl Has Been Living In a Trafficking Asylum for Three Months
An asylum for trafficking victims opened in Adjara in August of this year. A girl from Guria region who was a victim of sexual trafficking entered the shelter on the first day it opened. Her identity is kept secret in the interest of her investigation. Nonetheless, she is collaborating with law enforcers so that traffickers can be identified [and prosecuted].
2006-10-16
‘I Demand My Own Flat Back!’
Neighbor’s oven, table, several chairs and a bed-is a short list of the furniture the Baramidzes own. They have lived in the neighbor’s garage since Adjara Regional Division within Frontier Police Department moved them out of the flat.
2006-10-10
Government Agent Faces Danger of Assassination
Nana Chalatashvili, the judge in Lagodekhi District Court, has sentenced Leila Kusrashvili, accused of counterfeiting money, to a term of five years and six months imprisonment. Ms. Kusrashvili defended herself by claiming that the manager of the Lagodekhi branch of People’s Bank and his wife gave her counterfeit money. The accused spoke of the disorder and corruption at the customs office [in Lagodekhi] but that she is afraid of being killed for testifying about this fact.
2006-10-10
Patrol Police Treat People Blatantly and Terror Them in Kakheti
Regarding two years anniversary since establishment the Patrol Police Kakheti Department within Interior Ministry celebrating ceremonies were planned for late September, however because of pre-electoral preparations it was postponed till October. Beforehand social groups have published the results of questioning according to which Kakheti Patrol Police has high rate. Most people say that patrol policemen are polite and fair to everybody; however it is not reality at all. We were assured in it when young policemen initially insulted and then tried to put us into iron.
2006-10-10
Law on Prisoners Is to Be Changed
Changes in prisoner laws will be made by December 2006. New legislation will cover only prisoners in pre-trial detention. One of the main changes concerns prisoners’ visitor policy. Any individual will be allowed to visit a prisoner in pre-trial detention centers.
2006-10-10
Patient’s Daughter Sues Doctor
In Zugdidi the number of the people with cancer has increased lately. Particularly great is the number of women with breast cancer. This particular story began in 2000 and ended tragically in August 2006.
2006-10-09
Former Official from Kaspi Faces Possible Detention Again
Kaspi District Court has filed charges against Luiza Titirashvili, the former head of the Kaspi District State Property Management Division. The Shida Kartli Regional Prosecutor’s Office has finally finished its investigation of the purchase of the Metekhi Petroleum Storage Depot for scrap iron. The depot is located in the village of Metekhi in the Kaspi District. The charge against Ms. Titirashvili is that she wasted the Metekhi Petroleum Storage Depot and lied [to authorities].
2006-10-09
Next Murder in Gali Prison
On the 27th of September, at 17:15 the officer-on-duty found the detainee hung in the pre-trial detention cell of Gali district. According to Abkhazians the detainee hung himself with the pieces of his own cloths. He turned out to be Kalenike Kishmaria, a resident of the village Chuburkhinji in Gali district.
2006-10-02
Georgian Journalist Illegally Arrested in Great Britain
Eka Gulua, a journalist for the Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre, was placed under arrest by British police for almost four hours. Scotland Yard violated her rights to a translator, a lawyer and a phone call - they did not even give her a glass of water. When the police found out that Gulua was not a criminal, they released her, however they did not apologize and moreover made her sign unidentified documents.
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