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A wave of crime will cover Georgia?2013-02-08 13:42
Can we see the recent growth in crime in Georgia? Many people believe that due to the mass amnesty, which resulted in the release of about seven thousand prisoners, the problem should occur. Almost every day the media reports robbery of a bank, shop or gas station. Interior Ministry denies information about the growth of crime and states that the situation is under control. However, the population, accustomed to empty promises of the authorities of the country, is concerned of the fate.
Tengiz, born in 1950, (the law enforcement agencies do not name his full name) is one of the seven thousand former inmates who have left prison after the parliamentary elections of 2012. Just two days after his release, he committed a new crime - attempted murder. Politicians of the coalition "Georgian Dream" immediately rushed to blame president Saakashvili who had pardoned this man. In turn, presidential administration notes that Tengiz was in the list submitted to the president by the Minister of Corrections and member of Ivanishvili's government Sozar Subari.
Information about a tendency of growth of crime in Georgia, especially after the mass amnesty, which resulted in the release of a third of all prisoners, increasingly appears in the Georgian media. Georgian authorities, including the Interior Ministry, categorically deny this information noting that according to the statistics, the crime has not increased compared to the same period last year. However, in the social networks you can more often read the following statement: "earlier I was not afraid to leave the car on the street, even unlocked, and now I put a few secrets to prevent the theft"; "right next to our house several apartments have been robbed".
Statements by the president Saakashvili also contributed to panic among the population. President of Georgia called the "amnesty law", adopted by the parliament, "a shameful fact in the history of the Georgian parliamentary" that "jeopardizes Georgia's reputation as the safest country in Europe".
By the way, Bidzina Ivanishvili does not hide the fact that the amnesty could lead to increased crime. Prime Minister calls on the society to perceive the growth of crime "with understanding", since it won't last forever. These Ivanishvili's words have not inspired much optimism among the population of Georgia.
Experts also speak about the danger of worsening crime situation, especially if the law enforcement authorities do not take urgent measures. "Of course there is such a risk, especially given the fact that the people released from prison are unlikely to find a job in the short term", political expert Kakha Gogolavshili said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "But the social situation in the country is already rather complicated. I hesitate to say whether the public concerns are related to the fact that recently the media and TV are covering such facts more actively. It is possible that the media, controlled by different political forces, gives its own interpretation one or another offense and the trend as a whole", said Gogolashvili.