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Guantanamo methods against Ossetian prisoners

2009-12-09 23:32

4816.jpegOn being released, two Georgian teenagers told about being beaten by the Ossetians before they were sent to jail. The boys were enthusiastically cited by the Georgian media. Ossetian hostages, who got home the same day, told about much more horrible things they had to come across in the Georgian prison but Georgia is keeping silent about it.

Giorgi Romelashvili and Aleko Tsabadze, the boys from Tirdznisi, were interrogated in the local police office of Shida Kartli as soon as they were freed by the court of Tskhinval.


They say that having caught them, the Ossetians allegedly planted grenades into their backpacks and beat them. However, they did not touch the boys any more.

Two of their fellow-villagers, Levan Khmiadashvili and Victor Buchukuri, who also got into the isolation ward, were sentenced by the Ossetian court to one year of imprisonment and so far remain in Tskhinval, waiting for the pardon promised by Eduard Kokoity.

All the four teenagers were treated in Tskhinval rather well; they were given normal meals and necessary medical supplies.

The Ossetians, who were released from the Georgian prison only by order of EU Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, found themselves in a much more unpleasant situation.

EU Commissioner brought five hostages from Gori to Tskhinval: the 35-year-old Ibragim Laliev and Lavrentiy Kaziev arrested on October 8 last year, the 50-year-old Pavlik Tekhov and the 67-year-old Yakov Tekhov detained several days later, as well as the 36-year-old Vladimir Evloev arrested on April 31, 2009.

"These people were arrested several months ago. Afterwards, they were officially freed but were kept in a private house for some reason. They were treated absolutely illegally, so it is quite natural that the Ossetian party raised the issue of their liberation", - a Georgian conflict expert Paata Zakareishvili told the Russian media.

Everyone avoided mentioning the Ossetian hostages at the official level. State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili even expressed surprise, as if he never knew of their existence.

At the journalists' request, Ibragim Laliev told about the way he was arrested and forced to admit his guilt, as well as about the terrible conditions, in which the citizens of South Ossetia are kept in the Georgian prisons.

According to him, the five Ossetians went to the Ossetian village of Artsev to visit their relative. However, they were detained on their way by the people dressed in the Georgian police uniform near the village of Ditsi.

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