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Criminals in trousers are more agreeable to the Georgian authorities2009-04-21 14:39
Before Easter, the President of Georgia issued an amnesty edict, which is traditional for this Christian feast. However, mostly man-criminals were let out into the streets. It seems to have been done because women would have hurried home, while those of the stronger sex could enlarge the ranks of the opposition and discredit the over- civilized protest actions. Such terrible injustice caused a riot at the women's penal colony in Tbilisi.
In the morning of the Holy Saturday it was reported that the President of the country Mikhail Saakashvili signed an edict of pardon for 390 men. According to Nana Kakabadze, head of the nongovernmental organization called "Former political prisoners - for the human rights", only 348 people were completely discharged from prison, while the rest 42 had the term of their imprisonment reduced.
This good news caused an unexpected resonance at the women's penal colony number five in Tbilisi. A true riot burst out there, the prisoners crushing everything all over the premises. The reason for that was that the amnesty list included only 23 representatives of the weaker sex and six juveniles, while the rest were men. According to Kakabadze, a human rights defender, it was women and juveniles who relied upon indulgence in the first place.
On arriving at the colony, Sozar Subari, a people's defender of Georgia, made a statement that the riot was caused by disproportional penalties. For several hours running he unsuccessfully tried to come to an understanding with the prisoners. "When I told the prisoners that their demands are impossible and cannot be satisfied, it caused even more anger and disturbance among them", - he told the journalists. "Their indignation is natural because it is not clear for them why the amnesty applies to the murderers of Girgvliani (a young man, who became a victim of police violence) and does not cover Nora Kvitsiani (the sister of Emzar Kvitsiani, the former envoy of the Georgian president in the Kodorsk Gorge, accused of an attempt to provoke a coup), who saved the Kodorsk Gorge", - the People's defender said.
Naturally, the rioters' demands of discharge were not satisfied by the Georgian authorities. "Such demand cannot be satisfied. It is impossible to discharge 700 prisoners at once, 40 of whom are convicted of grave offences including murders", - Dmitriy Shashkin stated. The possibility of additional amnesty at least for the part of the prisoners was not considered by the minister for prisons either. He also underlined that the situation in the rest of correctional facilities remains quiet, while the media have reported the agitation in the prison of Zugdidi.