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Political Amnesty is Rather a Farce than Good Will2009-11-20 18:25
Yesterday it was reported that eight political prisoners belonging to Georgian opposition were released. The leader of the «Alliance for Georgia» Irakly Alasania thinks that it is not due to the good will of the Georgian authorities but to the insistence of American politicians. At the same time human rights organizations demand the liberation of all political prisoners and threaten with more protest actions.
The question of political repression in Georgia is raised with enviable regularity. With the same regularity the authorities say that there are no political prisoners in the country.
Thus, two days ago the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Giga Bokeria stated this again during his meeting with an American workgroup dealing with issues of democratic reforms.
«It is not serious even to speak on political prisoners as there are no political prisoners in Georgia. As for recovery of confidence in Georgia, this is, surely, a working topic, and we are working hard in this area together with our American partners. That's why we have decided to introduce the institution of associate judges, which will ensure the involvement of the public in court proceedings», Georgian mass media cite Bokeria.
The next very day the American friends of Georgia met the opposition representatives.
According to the results of the meeting the leader of the «Democratic Movement - United Georgia» party Nino Burdjanadze said that she had raised the issue of establishing concrete dates of «political prisoners» liberation.
«We want from the authorities some concrete dates when political prisoners will be released, when political repression will stop and when the country will return to a normal regime», said Burdjanadze, noting that «this must not take years or months».
Anyway, the next day, on 18 November, some mass media said that eight political prisoners had been released. According to VZGLYAD, this was stated by the ex full-time ambassador of the UN, leader of the "Alliance for Georgia" Irakly Alasania during a live program of the Caucasia TV company.
He believes that, as the authorities were influenced by the visit of the Deputy State Secretary of the US Michael Pozner who will complete his two-day negotiations in Georgia this Wednesday. What will happen to the rest of the political prisoners? This question still remains open.