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Georgia is on the brink of collapse as long as Chakhalyan remains in jail2009-04-28 17:59
Vaagn Chakhalyan, the Apmenian political activist who had been sentenced to 10 years for "participation in mass riots" in Javakhetia was beaten in prison. His lawyers call on international rights defending organizations and the Georgian ombudsman. But it seems neither of them is interested in the fate of Chakhalyan. According to Georgian Armenians this policy drove the country to the loss of Sukhum and Tskhinval.
Vaagn Chakhalyan kept in Tbilisi Prison 8 after the verdict of guilty was imposed fell victim to enfrenzied security guards. On April 16 he was taken out of his cell and severely beaten.
According to the advocates "this detestable fact is a sort of "response" of the Georgian authorities to a large-scale wave of public discontent caused by the recently adopted unfair sentence in the Chakhalyans case and particularly by the protest action near the Georgian Embassy in Paris on April 14".
It will be remembered the Chakhalyans were punished by the utmost rigour of the law. The father of Javakheti activist Ruben and his younger brother were found guilty of acquisition and storage of arms. The head of the family was also condemned for "participation in mass riots". They are sentenced to pay huge fines. Vaagn himself was imprisoned for 10 years with organization of mass activities in violation of civil order, group resistance to a policeman and disorderly conduct imputed to him.
On April 15 hundreds of Armenians living in Paris held a protest rally against the inhuman sentence near the Georgian Embassy. The coordinator of the Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF) Alexis Govchyan and Dashnaktsutyun party member Murad Papazyan were received by the Georgian Ambassador to France Mamuka Kudava, RIA Novosti reported. He listened to the representatives of the Armenian organizations promising to pass their demands over to Tbilisi. Govchyan and Papazyan asked that the defense of Chakhalyan be provided by French attorneys.
The Chakhalyans are going to appeal against the judgment in superior judicial instances and then in the European Court of Human Rights. Now humiliating treatment in prison will be added to the arguments of the defense along with violations during the judicial proceedings against Vaagn Chakhalyan's family.
"We strictly condemn this detestable act against our defendant and call on the People's defender of Georgia and international structures dealing with the prisoner rights to react to this fact and take appropriate steps in order to exclude repetition of similar acts against Vaagn Chakhalyan", - the lawyers' statement reads.
However the rights defenders have not offered any reaction to this appeal of the Armenian activists' advocates yet. Georgian ombudsman Sozar Subari is concerned with the conduct of the head of Interior Ministry Inspectorate-General Vasil Sanodze who had thrown a pack of water into the protestors and air-gunned a participant of the actions. The international observers are busy evaluating the protest actions that on one hand are "indexes of democracy" and on the other hand are a nuisance to the work of state authorities.
Neither of them is really interested in the oppression of national minorities in Georgia that is so vivid in the Chakhalyan case. Even the opposition does not raise this issue in its speeches.
In this situation non-Georgians are indifferent to the struggle for power between the equally nationalistic opposition and government.