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Saakashvili’s case settled down in the Hague2010-11-03 17:41
Georgian opposition's repeated calls for help have met with the West's response. It became known one of these days that Permanent Court of Arbitration will consider a claim against president of the republic Mikheil Saakashvili. In the nearest time, the foreign Themis will get acquainted with the materials on the Georgian authorities' illegal actions including the attack against South Ossetia in August 2008 and the break-up of peaceful demonstrations.
Attorney Shalva Khachapuridze, the leader of the For Victory party, brought a good piece of news for the republic's oppositional front. As is known, Khachapuridze's movement comprises those attorneys who, according to his own words, have defeated President Mikheil Saakashvili and won the elections to the bar association.
The lawsuit filed with the Hague tribunal consists of 150 pages and tells about the usurpation of power, alteration of the constitution, illegal arrests and murders of such people as Zhvania and Patarkatsishvili, as well as about the five-day war. Khachapuridze claims possessing certain evidence and is ready to operate with real facts.
The media are going to come into possession of the detailed copy of the lawsuit in the nearest days; however, leader of the Georgian laborites Shalva Natelashvili has already described the lawsuit at large. According to him, in their letter of complaint, the oppositionists mention the attacks of the Georgian armed special forces against the meetings and demonstrations, the assault of the Imedi TV company and information on the numerous political prisoners kept in the country's jails and, of course, the attack against Tskhinval.
"Naturally, all these actions are severely punished by international law. International Criminal Court was established to consider the crimes committed by top political and military officers who enjoy immunities or inviolability in their own country, thus acting as dictators", - the Laborite said, having added that the opposition may jointly struggle with Saakashvili's regime using political and legal methods.
Let us also remind you that the talks about the president's arrest have been going on for several months. This spring, Georgian political expert Ramaz Klimiashvili said that FBI Director Robert Muller's short-term visit to Tbilisi is connected with the plan of the Georgian leader's arrest. "I believe that an official of such rank would not come to Georgia on a trifle business, - the expert said. - I do believe that Saakasvhili is going to be arrested; I'm not joking". Klimiashvili reminded that last year, on September 30, European Council told the Hague that the prosecutor's office should start investigating the crimes committed by the president of Georgia. "He will evidently be taken away in handcuffs", - the political expert summed up. However, Saakashvili continued breathing the sweet air of freedom after Muller's visit.
However, in June, representatives of Permanent Court of Arbitration came to Tbilisi promising to punish everyone guilty of the August-2008 crimes. The point is that there are over two and a half thousand claims in the European courts filed by the citizens of South Ossetia who suffered from military actions in Tskhinval. The more so, as the UN court also possesses the data of Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor's Office of Russia - 380 volumes evidencing the death of 162 people of South Ossetia and 48 Russian servicemen.
However, it turned out that Saakasvhili is facing the risk of getting on the dock not only for his military adventures but also for the crimes against his own people. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed