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Saakashvili shuts up the country2011-06-28 20:59
The Constitutional Court of Georgia celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. Mikhail Saakashvili delivered a flaming congratulatory speech revealing to his people a secret: judges do not grow on trees and do not walk along the streets. Only the president's meticulous work on the reforms brought the expected fruits: according to the survey, over 60% of Georgians trust the judicial system of its country. Of course, they just do not have any choice: of the total number of the arrested just 0,1% of the defendants receive a sentence of acquittal.
The statistics are stubborn, especially in an autocratic state. The figures presented to people always look proper, fully reflecting the idealism of the current authorities. 60% is not little but there is an issue: if these indicators are real it means that the Georgian population either has forgotten about the dozens of thousands of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience or just does not know about their existence. And prefers to think that only deep-rooted hard-core criminals languish in the prisoners of Mrs. Kalmakhelidze, serving their terms in stuffy wards.
In 1995 the head of the railway transport department of Georgia Remi Vashakidze and his son Tamaz got convinced in the justice of the Georgian Themis by personal example. Some employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs stopped the minister's car, arrested him, his assistant, his driver and his son who worked as a choreographer, i.e. for the benefit of the homeland. Subsequently Tamaz Vashakidze was forced to sign the search order for the study room of his own father, was dismissed several times from the position of the Art Director of the State Choreographic College named after V. Chabukiani and the authorities initiated his targeting by their mass media.
The "fair" judges considered Vashakidze's case for about thirteen years. It was his case that was full of violations by law enforcement bodies, and thanks to him the question of plea bargaining was raised for the first time. The executive power presented by Mikhail Saakashvili as not less than the angels of justice proposed full freedom to Tamaz in exchange for one hundred thousand lari. One can only imagine what happened after his refusal to pay the huge sum to the court hounds of Mikhail Nikolozovich.
The Russian Federation gave Vashakidze the political refugee status in February'2008, then the Georgian authorities hurried to prepare the sentence built on fudge facts and deceitful testimony. On 24 September the City Court of Tbilisi sentenced Tamaz Vashakidze to 9 years of restraint in absentia. At the same time the court did not take into account any of the numerous documents fully disproving the accusation. During the years that have passed since the moment the charge sheet was pronounced not a single word has been changed in its text, which unequivocally points at the contract nature of the mock case.
Plea bargains obtained a wide circulation after the August conflict in South Ossetia. The Sakartvelo Parliament accepted the "successful" law under which the citizens of foreign countries and people without citizenship actually cannot legally move from the RF to Abkhazia and SO as for some reason the Georgian authorities continue thinking that the "territorial integrity" really exists. Therefore, deprivation of liberty for a period from 2 to 4 years and arrests for "illegal frontier crossing" is implied, however, one can avoid the court procedure by signing a plea bargain and paying a sum from 5 to 15 thousand dollars..