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Saakashvili has found thieves in the amnesty law2013-01-30 13:57
President Saakashvili's supporters accuse the new government in the release of spies and "thieves". In turn, their opponents out of the camp of the Prime Minister Ivanishvili recall that under Saakashvili thousands convicted of serious crimes, including drug dealers, have been released. But is it true? Media have composed a list of "thieves" who either had been released, or were about to. However, the Georgian human rights activists claim that only president Mikheil Saakashvili can release those convicted of serious crimes, not the parliament which has recently passed the law on amnesty.
Georgia's new authorities are releasing "thieves in law". Information with such headlines has increasingly begun appearing in the Georgian press and online publications. They have even specific names - Elgudzha Digmelashvili, Revi Darakhvelidze, Beso Papiashvili, Vladimir Dzotsenidze. In total, the list includes more than twenty persons, either released or pending release. There is also evidence that the Georgian authorities have allegedly given them three days to meet with family and leave the country.
Under the Georgian legislation, connections with the thieves are punishable with imprisonment. So, just having come at large "thief in law" is once again becoming a criminal, and he can immediately return back to jail. However, by itself, the term "connections with the world of thieves" is vague enough which has repeatedly caused discontent among the Georgian human rights activists who noted that many people were wrongly convicted under this article.
Well-known Georgian defender Nana Kakabadze calls the information about the release of "thieves in law" an absurd. "The new government has no mechanisms for the release of these individuals, only Georgian president can pardon them", Kakabadse said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "Yesterday and the day before, for example, Mikheil Saakashvili released 300 prisoners. I think the problem is that the identity of those who have received a presidential pardon is not flaunted. As for the parliament, the adopted "amnesty law" does not apply to the convicted of serious crimes, their serves were reduced by one-quarter. And under this law only those who were sentenced to five years or less can be released. This law cannot apply to the "thieves in law" who were sentenced to 20, 25, or even 30 years. But under the presidential decree there have been repeatedly released those convicted of serious crimes, including drug trafficking. I do not know whether the list of pardoned included "thieves in law", it may very well be. Saakashvili is releasing someone every day: only recently more than 2 thousand people have been released", said Kakabadze.
But the lawyer Gela Nikolaishvili knows exactly the identity of one of the "thieves in law" who must be released. This is Gotcha Jincharadze, also known as "Kursha", who got into Georgian prison after extradition from Russia.