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Claims filed by the South-Ossetians: a test of objectiveness for the West2009-08-05 09:05
Almost a year has passed since the August 2008 events; however, the echo of the five-day war can be still heard. Despite the fact that the international committee for investigating the conflict in the Caucasus has still been unable to name the guilty, there are over two and a half thousand claims from the South Ossetians filed in the European Court of Human Rights. These claims were filed by those who have suffered from the aggression of Saakashvili's regime in Tskhnival, and sooner or later the West will have to regard this fact.
Many Ossetians who brought their cases before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg had lost their family members and dear ones during those five hard days, and some of them have lost their property. Some non-governmental human rights organizations also brought their cases before the European Court and the UN International Court in Hague. As Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia Murat Gioev reported to IA Res, the claims are already being processed. "The republic is waiting for the courts to admit the fact of Georgia's military aggression against South Ossetia, hoping that those persons who are guilty of crimes against peace and humanity will be subject to relevant punishment", - Gioev underlined.
And the punishment, one should say, is going to be severe. According to the authorities of South Ossetia, over one and a half thousand people died as a result of the Georgian army's attack. Investigative Committee of the Russian Public Prosecution Office (ICP) has already documented the death of 162 people of the republic and 48 Russian servicemen, including ten peacemakers. This information has been received by head of the international committee for investigating the August events Khidy Talyavini.
On July, 29, the ICP official representative Vladimir Markin reported that over five thousand people of civilian population and Russian servicemen are admitted victims in respect of the case of killing the Russian citizens in the territory of South Ossetia and genocide. "Over one thousand witnesses have been interrogated, and they confirm the facts of genocide, - Markin is quoted by Interfax. - Over 900 expertises have been held. Over thirty thousand objects have been confiscated as demonstrative evidence; dwelling-houses and the infrastructure have been inspected". According to Markin, the Georgian military forces' documentation has been confiscated in the conflict zone, as well as topographic maps, plans and orders evidencing the plans of Saakashvili's regime to eliminate the Ossetian population.