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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.

2009-03-05
HRIDC Report on Khurcha Incident – Factual Event or Machiavellian Conspiracy?

The 2008 Khurcha incident refers to the attack on buses in the Georgian village of Khurcha, near the ceasefire line with the internationally unrecognized breakaway region Republic of Abkhazia that has recently been recognized by the Russian Federation. The attack took place on Parliamentary Election Day May 21 2008 injuring 3 people.

2009-03-02
Assassination of Guram Sharadze Is No More Tabooed
Based on recently discovered circumstances, Human Rights Center, family members of Guram Sharadze and their attorney, Gela Nikolaishvili, appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office and requested repeated investigation of the assassination of Guram Sharadze. In a month we will know whether the prosecutor’s office has considered the appeal.

2009-03-02
Five Years in Prison for Having Chopped Three Dry Trees
Gurjaani District Court is judging Otar Berelashvili, father of four children; he chopped three dry trees alongside the road in the village of Kachreti. Kakheti regional prosecutor’s office blamed Berelashvili for illegal chopping and stealing of trees; the crime envisages liability for 5 years.

2009-02-27
Political Prisoners in Georgia
 Topic of political prisoners is still urgent for Georgia. Although Georgian authority acknowledged “democracy” and “freedom of expression”, criticizing the government is still dangerous.

It is natural that authority does not acknowledge persecution of people on political grounds in order not to damage its own image.   read more...
2009-02-24
Attorney Gela Nikoleishvili Involves Investigation of the Murder of Guram Sharadze
On May 20, 2007, Academician Guram Sharadze was murdered at the crossing of Melikishvili and Shanidze streets in Tbilisi. The accident happened at 8:30 pm and it had several witnesses among them patrol policemen: Levan Bochorishvili and Robert Paniev. Video-camera installed by the Insurance Company “Aldagi” in Melikvishvili Street also recorded the accident.
2009-02-23
Inmates in Ksani Jail Hospital Are Tortured
“Until now we are treated like animals. Initially, we were fed with soup free from oil; now they put as much salt as possible in food to prevent us from eating; then they take the food to their pigs. If we eat salted food we get thirsty but they do not give water. If we protest their treatment, they start to curse us. The personnel and policemen beat us. Doctors do not pay attention to us; the only thing they tell us is: you will die soon. When we requested medicines, administration made us take off clothes and beat us in kidneys; then they pushed us into punishment cell; we are dying,” prisoners from Ksani Jail Hospital for inmates with tuberculosis urge non-governmental organizations and journalists for help.
2009-02-20
Robbery or Fraud Denouncement
Ethnic Kurd Slava Bukavadze, his brother Ruslan Bukavadze and their friend Nika Khrushov were judged for robbery. The brothers were sent to prison for 7 years and bailed for 7 000 GEL.
2009-02-17
Closed Hearing of Shalikashvilis’ Case
Natia and Tengo Shalikashvilis, the siblings are accused for organized robbery. Two testimonies of witnesses and victim’s statement are the only evidence against them. A criminal case has been launched against the mother of the siblings for the bribery of a witness. Levan Tevzadze, the judge of Khelvachauri District Court closed the trial based on the motion submitted by the prosecutor. Despite the request of defense side there will be no open trial until the final verdict is passed.

2009-02-09
State Does Not Pay Debt to a Citizen
State owes money to Amiran Mikeladze. The latter owes money to Tax Inspection because of unpaid debt of the state. Tax inspection sequestered the estate of Mikeladze in order to get the debt from him. On February 6 Batumi City Court ordered to sell the sequestered property at the auction.
2009-02-07
Local Police Divisions Funded from Local Budgets against the Law
The bodies of local self governance are not entitled to fund the institutions that are funded from national budget, according to Organic Law on Local Self-Governance and Georgian Law on the Budget of Body of Local Self-Governance. However, the Kakheti district divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) are partially funded by local bodies of self governance

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