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Mercy without bias, or passions for mercy

2009-08-27 10:47

3771.jpegFacing the autumn, which is traditionally lavish not only in fruit and vegetables in Georgia but in political events as well, the authorities are demonstrating their commitment to democratic principles. Their image has lately faded. The "young revolutionists" want to show that they are working on their mistakes. Today, Shalva Ramishvili, the establisher of TV 202, who was declared to be a political prisoner, got liberty at last. Another amnesty is going to be granted on August 28. The "spy cases" of the authorities' opponents will be dismissed. Will all these measures help prevent a turbulent political autumn?


Shalva Ramishvili, establisher of the 202 oppositional TV company, has been released after the four years of imprisonment. According to the Georgian media, this morning he could at last enjoy the home atmosphere and the company of his family members. He was released several hours earlier, at eight o'clock in the morning, instead of eleven o'clock. As Ramishvili told the journalists, upon the president's personal interference, he was released earlier in order "not to cause any excitement".

"Saakashvili ensured my early release, having exclusively set me free at 08:00 this morning. At present, I am in the bosom of my family; I can hardly take the reality but I am going to hold a press-conference later on and answer all the journalists' questions, of which there must be plenty", - Ramishvili stated. Well, one may only try to guess what kind of statement he is going to make but it will hardly contain any worlds of gratitude addressed to the president: no use expecting them for the extra several hours of liberty.

According to the Georgian media, in his last letter sent from prison, Ramishvili contemplates on his future plans. He believes there are two possible ways for him as soon as he is released: he can either follow the way of conformism, or continue fighting against Saakashvili. At the same time, Ramashvili says that he is surely going to start this kind of fight: "it will be an aggressive fight, and today I am ready to take many steps that I would not have dared to take in the past". The prisoner's letter also says: "Prison shatters all your illusions, and today I feel able to take any risks, I am ready for any ventures. I can see clearly that there is no way to win Saakashvili's regime without actions like this.

It should also be noted that an early release had been more than once offered to Ramishvili. All he had to do was to write an appeal for pardon addressed to the president. However, Ramishvili refused to do it. As a result, he has served his four-year sentence and was freed only several hours earlier. Ramishvili never admitted his guilt. He was accused of trying to get 100 thousand dollars out of the Georgian parliament deputy Koba Bekauri.

Ramishvili never denied the fact of receiving money from the deputy, for he was going to make the latter a character of a video record that was to serve as damaging evidence. According to the journalist, he and his colleague David Kokhreidze wanted to demonstrate the true face of today's Georgia authorities, as Kavkazski Uzel reports.

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