Prisoner Aleksi Bakhutov Is Serving His Term for Uncommitted Murder
December 14, 2007
Today, Sozar Subari, Georgian Public Defender, talked about an unusual case at the briefing. Convicted Aleksi Bakhitov is serving sentence in the prison #5 for having murdered Lasha Chopikashvili, although the victim is alive and healthy in his house in the village of Jugaani.
As a consequence of brutal treatment and torture Bukhutov and his sisters admitted the crime that was not committed in fact.
It is noteworthy that on November 21 Telavi District Court discussed the case of three witnesses, who were accused for having hidden the body of Chopikashvili. However, the Prosecutor's Office and the court had information that Chopikashvili had already appeared in the village.
As Subari states the participants of the court hearing got confused when seeing representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and journalists; but the judge conducted the trial according to assigned formalities and by asking general questions as a result of what they sentenced innocent people.
On November 22 plea-bargain was signed between the convicted people and Kakheti Regional Prosecutor under what the defendants were released from the court-room. Although it is still obscure what they had pleaded.
On August 24, Telavi Regional Court sentenced Bakhutov to six-year-imprisonment for the “murder”.
Source: Media News.