2013-04-23Monitoring the accused on hunger strike at Gldani Penitentiary Establishment #8
On April 17, 2013 Special Preventive Group under Public Defender of Georgia carried out ad hoc monitoring at the Penitentiary Establishment #8 within the framework of National Preventive Mechanism. 75 life sentenced inmates being on hunger strike were visited. The accused did not complain on their treatment at the Establishment #8. They objected the Law on Amnesty of December 28, 2012 as it alleviated the sentence of all accused except the life sentenced inmates.
2013-04-22U.S. Human Rights Report on Georgia
Torture and abuse of prisoners before the change of government, shortfalls in the rule of law and lack of judicial independence, as well as obstacles to exercise freedoms of association and assembly particularly for opposition were the most important human rights problems reported in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of State’s annual human rights country report, released on April 19.
2013-03-20Representatives of Ombudsman of Georgia Visited Bachana Akhalaia
On March 18, 2013 representatives of the Public Defender of Georgia visited the accused Victor Kacheishvili, Oleg Patsatsia, Levan Purtskhvanidze, Guram Tsomaia, Gaga Mkurnalidze, David Khuchua and Bachana Akhalaia at the Gldani Penitentiary Establishment #8. The refusal of the accused Bachana Akhalaia to provide any kind of written information should be outlined.
2013-03-11Parliament Moves to Change Rule of Consecutive Sentencing
The Parliament approved with its first hearing on March 7 amendments to the criminal procedure code and criminal code, according to which the rule of consecutive sentencing will be changed and it will also have retroactive force for those convicts, who are currently serving their consecutive sentences.
2013-03-07Akhalaia Refuses Jury to Hear His Case
Bacho Akhalaia, former Minister of Defense and Internal Affairs refused to allow jury to hear his case. Akhalaia is accused of organization of torture, abuse of authority and illegal deprivation of liberty. Other defendants, including former high official of Ministry of Probation Gaga Mkurnaladze and former head of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Giorgi Kalandadze made the same decision and refused jury to hear their case. They stated this at the trial held on April 5th.
2013-03-05Victim and Defendant in Robbery Case Call the Prosecutor’s Office to Re-examine Their Complaint
Mamuka Zarkua has been serving his 10-year sentence and according to him he has continually been victim of physical assault during this time. He was sentenced for robbery as a result of which citizen Givi Janjgava died. Mamuka Zarkua denies that he committed the crime. His family members and the lawyer do not plead him guilty. Madona Kacharava, wife of the deceased Givi Janghava states that she knows who the real criminal is.
2013-02-21Human Rights Center Addresses to the Parliament of Georgia to Grant Status to Political Prisoners
“FIDH concludes as a result of analysis of the aforementioned cases that there are political prisoners in Georgia…” FIDH made this conclusion after having analyzed cases of eight former prisoners though these people have not yet received status of political prisoner. Soon, Human Rights Center intends to petition to the Parliament of Georgia on granting the status to former political prisoners.
2013-01-23Chronicle of Detentions Foretold
After the Parliamentary Election of October 1, 2012 people in Georgia already expected that several senior officials of the previous government would be placed behind bars. One of the main pre-election promises of winning political coalition Georgian Dream was to investigate corruption and torture crimes allegedly committed by former senior governmental officials and to hold them responsible for those crimes. A series of detainments started on November 6 with the detention of Bacho Akhalaia, the former minister of interior.
2013-01-18Georgia May Pay After Reclassifying 190 Inmates As “Political Prisoners”
Lawmakers in the Georgian parliament are learning there's truth behind the old adage "Be careful what you ask for."
2013-01-15Political prisoners to appeal to new government to start procedures for president’s impeachment
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