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Political prisoners: putting hopes upon the opposition?2009-06-05 10:01
The Georgian opposition is again accusing the authorities of political persecution of the opponents. The conservatives called to adjudge those detained for the organization of the military mutiny in Mukhrovani political prisoners. The opposition's opinion is maintained by Georgian people's defender Sozar Subari. The country leaders are holding by another viewpoint: there is no political persecution and there are only criminals in jail. According to a social enquiry, 3,6 percent of the Georgians have left the country on political grounds.
The Mukhrovani mutiny will remain as a "dark spot" in the history of the current political confrontation. The conservatives' leaders have recently demanded to adjudge General Koba Kobaladze and the former Police Colonel Zaza Bregvadze political prisoners. The conservatives underline the fact that Kobaladze was in personal conflict with Saakashvili, who had unambiguously called the General a criminal element.
"The Georgian government has implemented the practice of appealing the topic of Russia having prepared an armed mutiny during the mass protest actions. A two-hour "mutiny" in Mukhrovani coincided with the United opposition's planned action of motorway picketing», - the conservatives explain, reminding that a similar campaign was conducted by the authorities simultaneously with the oppositional protest actions in November 2007. The oppositional leaders were then accused of secret agent connection with Russia, although none of the accusations have yet been proven.
However, it turns out that the opposition's claims are not limited by the "Mukhrovani mutiny" incident. At a press-conference on June, 3, leader of the New Rights Manana Nachkebia reported the detention of the party members by the local police in the Samtskhe-Javakheti area of the Adygenski region. According to her, there have been numerous cases of pressure upon the oppositionally-minded citizens on the part of the authorities. "The law-enforcement authorities are using criminal methods and ignoring the law", - GHN is quoting Nachkebia.
Manana Nachkebia has called upon the authorities to cease persecution of the citizens on political grounds. "We have made more than one statement in connection with these facts and we are again calling upon the law-enforcement officers to act strictly according to the law without turning into the government's instrument of political lynching", - the oppositional party leader declared. However, according to MIA, the New Rights representatives took part in public disorders and were detained during a fight.
Georgia's people's defender Sozar Subari is demanding that the cases of political persecution should be studied. According to GHN, all the available materials were sent by Sozar Subari to Chief Prosecutor of the Ministry of Justice Mamuka Gvaramia.
In keeping with the best traditions of the ancient times the authorities are sure that there are no political prisoners in the country at all. That is probably the reason why the state officials took no part in the last week round-table discussions called "Political prisoners in Georgia: a myth or reality?"
The representatives of the Georgian opposition claim several dozens of political prisoners to be kept prisoners, RIA Novosti reports. "Out of all the prisoners, several thousand people have been detained against the law, while another several dozens are political prisoners", - Nestan Kirtadze, the oppositional Labourite party member stated, having characterized the country situation as "the last authoritarian regime in Europe".