2008-01-10Judge Insulted OSCE Observers
OSCE observers were insulted at the Gurjaani District Court. Paul Wesson and Norbert Baldia, long-term observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), tried to meet Shalva Mchedlishvili, the chairperson of the court. The judge expelled them from his quarters.
2008-01-09Policemen Physically Assaulted the Observers
In Kakheti, policemen physically assaulted observers from NGOs and political parties from the opposition. The incident occurred in the evening of January 8 in Gurjaani. Observers from the Human Rights Center and Fair Elections demanded the Precinct Election Commission (PEC) to declare the results of several Polling Stations (PS) invalid. In reply to their demand the police officers from the Gurjaani Department of the Internal Ministry beat them.
2008-01-04Murder or Suicide
The police are investigating a case concerning putting a person in the position of committing suicide.
Jumber Nagervadze hung himself in the cell of the pre-trial detention center in Batumi. This is the official version of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Family members of the deceased cast doubts on the version but cannot afford an independent investigation. Regarding the accident the second division of the Batumi Police Department launched a case under the law concerning putting a person in the position of committing suicide.
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