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Kokoity getting the better of Saakashvili with his generosity2009-12-21 21:57
The boys from the Georgian village of Tirdznisi got back to their homes from the prison in Tskhinval. President of South Ossetia pardoned them despite the indignation of the mothers of the Ossetians who have totally vanished in the Georgian prisons or, are serving their sentences following the framed-up cases.
The story with the detention of the Tirdznisi boys ended up well due to the assistance of the Russian Human Rights Representative Vladimir Lukin, his European colleague Thomas Hammarberg and Georgian oppositionist Zurab Nogaideli.
President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity, who at first refused to fulfill his promise and pardon the Ossetian lawbreakers, finally decided to make a concession. Together with Levan Khmiadashvili and Victor Buchukuri arrested on November 4, the 16-year-old Georgi Archvadze was also released; the youth was arrested in summer for illegal border crossing.
Let us remind you that on December 4, four teenagers from the village of Tirdznisi were caught in Tskhinval. Their backpacks contained explosives, which origin they could not explain. The boys were taken to the investigation cell on a charge of keeping of explosives and state border crossing.
The case attracted the attention of the whole Georgia. Tbilisi accused Tskhinval of having abducted the boys and regarded all the brought accusations to be framed-up. At first, the teenagers admitted their guilt but later on, during the meeting with the Red Cross representatives, they repudiated their own words.
European Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg came to Georgia to settle the conflict. However, the South-Ossetian authorities refused to release the boys for nothing.
On the day of the trial, Hammarberg brought five Ossetians from Georgia, whom the Georgian party had been illegally keeping prisoners for the coming exchange, and so they were duly used.
During the trial, two underage Georgians, Georgi Romelashvili and Aleko Tsabadze, were awarded a conditional sentence and released. Eduard Kokoity promised Hammarberg to pardon the other two boys within 10 days.
However, in two weeks the president changed his mind. He refused to act under the pressure of the Georgian and European politicians, for they expected mercy from Kokoity but did nothing to find the three Ossetians who were lost in Georgia, the youngest of whom was only 15 at the moment of disappearance. Their relatives asked to detain the Georgians until Tbilisi makes a step forward.
Moreover, Georgia keeps throwing mud at Kokoity.