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Those killed in Georgian prisons2013-02-19 19:44
Prosecutor General's Office of Georgia leads a disappointing statistics "of systematic state crimes". During the reign of Mikheil Saakashvili and "United National Movement", since 2005, about 700 people have died in Georgian prisons. The prosecutor's office has information according to which most of these people were simply killed. What do the experts think on this subject? And can the prosecutor's office bring investigation of torture and abuse of prisoners to the end?
Of the seven hundred people who have died in Georgian prisons in the period from 2005 to 2012, the majority was killed. This was announced by the Prosecutor General of Georgia Archil Kbilashvili. Prosecutor calls these facts "systematic state crimes". "We will announce new evidence of abuse and torture of prisoners in early March", Kbilashvili told reporters. "Legal assessment of these facts will be the new stage in the Georgian justice system. We have interviewed prisoners, and about two thousand people told about the beatings, torture and inhuman treatment", added Kbilashvili.
Prosecutor General made the statement shortly before the trial over the former Interior Minister and head of the Department of Corrections Bacho Akhalaia. He is accused of torturing prisoners, as well as mockery of the servicemen when he headed the Department of Defense. He is also charged with abuse of power and false imprisonment.
According to lawyers, Kbilashvili's statement has real grounds. Lawyer and human rights activist Dmitry Lordkipanidze in an interview with GeorgiaTimes that cases of torture of prisoners have been repeatedly mentioned in the annual reports of the Public Defender of Georgia. However, none of these cases have been investigated. "In the report of the Ombudsman for 2010, it is said that 242 prisoners have died in prisons in Georgia for only one year", said Lordkipanidze. "Corpses of one-third of them have damage nor associated with surgical procedure. This is direct evidence of the fact that we are dealing with torture, inhuman treatment, and this was the cause of their death. Representatives of the Council of Europe should have carried out in Georgia the project "Atlas of Torture", but the leadership of the country, namely the Deputy Minister of Justice Tina Burjaliani, refused to conduct this monitoring since according to Burjaliani, Georgia has faithfully fulfilled the commitments made to the European Union and the Council of Europe".
"After the announcement of the president Saakashvili's policy of "zero tolerance" in February 2006, more than 700 prisoners were killed, and a third of them have signs of violence on the bodies", Lordkipanidze continued. "It is necessary to initiate criminal investigation into the violation of international humanitarian law principles. This is not only the facts of torture, but also the crimes against humanity. At the same time, I'm not sure that these cases will be brought to an end. I think that the Prosecutor General's Office is delaying investigation. We should not forget that 80 percent of the prosecutors, including those persons who had been turning a blind eye to these crimes and failed to investigate them, remain in office", said the human rights activist.