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Europe takes interest in “Chakhalyan Case”2009-09-22 16:28
Europeans take interest in the notorious case over Armenian activist Vahagn Chakhalyan. In spring the Georgian court sentenced him to ten years' imprisonment for storage of arms, resistance to authorities and instigation to disorders. The legal proceedings went on with gross violations. The examination of the cassation appeal is equally "successful". The Georgian court was not embarrassed by the presence of a European observer.
The cassation appeal filed by Vahagn Chakhalyan's lawyers is examined with exaggerated intervals. On Friday the second hearing took place - its date was agreed as early as in July. Over this time the court has met no demand of the defense that's why the next hearing is scheduled for next month only - on October 23.
A couple of days before the hearing European Parliament deputy Sylvie Guillaume came forward in support of Javakh Armenians' demands. In her letter to EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Wildner she remarked that interests of the Armenian national minority were discriminated.
"I would like to draw your attention to the ethnic and religious discrimination of national minorities in Georgia. In particular, Armenians that constitute a national minority suffer language, social and religious discrimination. The region they live in as a majority is deprived of transit routes, as well as medical and social services", - Sylvie Guillaume's letter runs.
According to her Vahagn Chakhalyan, the political leader of Armenians in Georgia, was detained in July 2008 on questionable charges: "The peaceful demands of his movement seek recognition of the civil rights of the Armenian minority in Georgia, when that country conducts a policy of assimilation since the dismantling of the Russian military bases in 2005".
She also informs on the infractions in the course of proceedings when "the accused was denied the right to have a lawyer from France". Thereby the deputy asks the commissioner to instruct the EU representatives to keep track of the trial over Armenian political activist Vahagn Chakhalyan in Tbilisi.
"We cannot leave the Georgian authorities act in contravention of the international conventions on the right to a fair trial, all the more so as Georgia, under EU funding and by the European Neighborhood Policy, has received 15 Million Euro paid for justice reforms", - Sylvie Guillaume remarks believing that the EU must call the Georgian authorities to account for the progress of reforms in judicial system urging Tbilisi to comply with the commitments, NEWS.am reports.