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The unlimited potential of the Georgian prisons2009-07-07 18:26
The fighter against the criminal elements of the Georgian society has evidently overexerted himself: according to the Conservative Party, Mikhail Saakashvili has put at least 150 people behind bars on political grounds. Simultaneously, the alarm was raised by mothers of those Ossetians that have been illegally detained by the Georgians. They appealed to Barack Obama, the only person who is able to assert any influence over the Georgian president.
An appeal made by the Ossetian mothers to the USA President "Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II" goes in three small paragraphs followed by a list of 17 names and surnames. These people were seized in Georgia before, in the course of, and after the war in South Ossetia. The South-Ossetian officials and the ombudsman have more than once reminded the international structures of these people, but all in vain.
Mothers and relatives that have signed the petition are putting their only hope on their American "uncle". They are pleading him to "release our sons and brothers that are kept in the Georgian prisons by force on a framed-up charge". "Mr. Obama, we know that you pay much attention to the defense of the human rights irrespective of the spot of their violation. We are sure that the Georgian authorities will defer to your opinion. We are calling upon your compassion and we ask you to help return our children back home without any further delay", - the letter says.
On the day of Obama's arrival to Russia, the USA consulate confirmed that the message was received. The Americans promised to give an answer within three days when the USA president would be out of reach.
The Georgians are denying their responsibility for the seizure of seven South-Ossetians out of the 17 people mentioned in the letter.
However, in April, the Ossetian human right defenders got hold of a video record from the Georgian prison which was obviously made using a cell phone camera. The record shows the interrogation of Alan Khachirov, Alan Khugaev and Soltan Pliev who had disappeared last year on the 13th of October. The Georgian security agents are beating them with police batons, while they are vainly trying to protect their heads from the blows.
"We have submitted all the materials to the EU representatives and International Committee of the Red Cross; we have made them available to the OSCE representatives and the European Council Commissioner for Human Rights", - David Sanakoev, the human rights commissioner in the republic of South Ossetia (RSO) reported to Osinform in June. He underlined that a group was created in the context of Geneva discussions that investigated the incidents within the near-border territories.