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Interior Ministry’s new trick: dummy witnesses2009-12-07 14:18
Mikheil Saakashvili's magic machine - his police force - that eliminated mass corruption in Georgia is able to do more. This is old news in fact. Plastic bullets to hit the opposition, foisted drugs, and accidental shootings during special operations proved the Interior Ministry's loyalty to the ideals of the "constitutional state". Now the list is complemented by bribing witnesses on struggle against opponents.
Tsotne Gamsakhurdia's case is turning into a tragedy. On one hand the son of Georgia's first president accused of attempted murder is holding a dry hunger strike and has been taken to hospital in poor health. On the other hand today it was reported that aggrieved David Badzhelidze didn't even notice being shot at.
Gamsakhurdia's lawyer Keti Bekauri told about this extraordinary evidence at today's special briefing.
Remarkably, the inquiry was not in a hurry to interrogate the victim in spite of a high public resonance over the case. The defense anticipated that. Badzhelidze's testimony that nobody shot at him is notarilly certified and has his signature on it.
"According to our information the criminal investigator interrogated Badzhelidze on December 3 and we are sure he gave the same evidence that he gave us. We will pass the evidence we obtained to the inquiry today demanding to close the case", - Bekauri stated.
Another interesting detail turned up when the lawyer called on the only witness - Raisa Saidova. Earlier the latter stated he had seen Tsotne Gamsakhurdia coming out of his home (Kolkh tower) and going to David Badzhelidze's house from her yard.
"Raisa Saidova couldn't see all that from her yard since its location makes it impossible. Besides her eyesight and hearing are not good enough". - Bekauri stated. Thus the witness's evidence is a lie.
It is not clear who instigated Saidova to discredit Tsotne yet. Since 2007 the authorities have been accusing Gamsakhurdia's son of cooperation with Russian special services.
Following the rallies that ended in November 7's bloody dispersion Tsotne's telephone talks with opposition leaders and Ivan Volynkin, a Russian diplomat were made public. The shorthand report revealed that Gamsakhurdia wanted to overthrow Mikheil Saakashvili's regime. But then the attempt to put the oppositionist in jail failed.
His mother, Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia states the authorities were looking for a pretext and finally made up a scheme to frame up a case against him.