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Footage of tortures in Georgian prisons is invaluable?

2012-10-22 17:01

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Alexander Bedukadze, who handed the video of tortures in Gldani prison in Tbilisi to the TV channels, has told that the Media Union "Objective" had sold the footage to unknown buyer for a pretty penny. The head of the "Objective" Irma Inashvili denies this claim. She believes that some persons are putting pressure on Bedukadze. "They are no accidently around him. According to our information, these people are connected with the structures of Saakashvili and Merabishvili", Inashvili says.

"Today the statements by Bedukadze, Chelidze and Silagadze are nothing more than slander against members of the journalistic operation. Their statements are aimed at withdrawal of the complaint, demanding to punish those responsible for the torture of prisoners, starting from the very top hierarchy and to the immediate perpetrators, from the Brussels Court", Irma Inashvili says.

The complaint mentions names of Mikheil Saakashvili, Dato Akhalaia and other senior officials, that's why it is important to refute Bedukadze's testimony. "This whole campaign against us serves one purpose - to discredit us; and a more ambitious goal is to help Saakashvili to "survive" and avoid responsibility", Imanishvili adds.

Recall, Irma Imanishvili and staff of the "Objective" were accused of receiving money for the video of the prison lawlessness. At first they called the sum of two million, then five, and later - twelve million dollars. Media Union leadership denies receiving money.

"If I would have said that I had a footage that I sell, what do you think would have happened to me? No one would have believed in the reality and authenticity of this footage. They would have called me an agent provocateur and a blackmailer and forever forgotten the fact that there was some Irma offering some video. And most importantly, why they did not show the footage themselves? Why would they hand it to someone who is able to sell it? You know, when any journalist gets the material, and it is unique, he understands that this material is worth not two, not five, or even twelve million. This material is invaluable", Inashvili denies any allegations.

Irma Inashvili has a reputation of an active fighter against the Saakashvili's regime. In the past few years she organized protests, press conferences and briefings, openly calling the names of those involved in violence against certain prisoners in custody, always having specific facts. Recent journalistic investigation, called by the members of the Media Union journalistic operation, probably has become the main force overthrowing Saakashvili regime. The process launched, and no reverse process may occur.

And this operation was conceived by Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi. Those involved in it hardly knew each other. Some of the material was recorded on a hidden camera of the Media Union "Objective", other footage was apparently shot on cell phones.

The main material was shot in the so-called quarantine. Previously they had only frames of separate beatings by prison officers, and it was seen as an isolated case of arbitrariness on the part of the guards, but after video from the quarantine they started talking about the whole system. The video shows about twenty prison officials of various ranks abusing prisoners in the spirit of a ritual, using the elements of attributes.

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