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Europe forced to acknowledge mercantilism of Georgian police2010-01-12 14:32
The transparent building of Georgia's Interior Ministry doesn't make police methods crystal. Mikheil Saakashvili's outward liberalism masks legalized lawlessness of the law-enforcement system Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany) is reporting on today.
Germany focuses attention on violations of human rights by the Georgian state allegedly pursuing democracy. Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper that sympathizes with Social-Democrats describes Mikheil Saakashvili's brave police extorting money and beating out required evidence.
Georgian policemen don't take bribes any more. They literally beat money out in accordance with the law adopted in 2005. The Criminal Code norms allow the prosecutor's office to bargain on clemency or even freedom. The police make it the country's best-seller.
"Policemen often act as criminals that kidnap civilians to get money from them", - the report by Former Political Prisoners for Human Rights NGO (Georgia) goes. After a required amount is paid people are set free, the German newspaper remarks as quoted by Inopressa.
Nika Kvarazkhelia, a lawyer with Human Rights Priority rights defending organization calls this use of the law on bargains with custody and judicial organs "statal racketeering". In Strasbourg he defends the Sakhvadze family terrorized by Georgian law-enforcers.
Zurab, the elder son, an athlete of international standing, was accused of illegal storage of arms. It won't take long to guess how the arms were planted.
Similarly in the run up to last year's rallies arms were found in the house of Nino Burdzhanadze's opposition supporters. In 2008, during unrest in Javakhetia the arms were found under the mattress of Vaagn Chakhalyan, an Armenian activist. (It is a real suicide to hide away an illegally stored object at the time of searches so badly).
Zurab Sakhvadze was kidnapped for "economic" reasons. Politics have nothing to do here. The prosecutor proposed a ransom for Zurab promising to release him if by midday the family transferred GEL 10,000 (EUR 3400) to the account he indicated. The family paid the price and the man was released with a bruise under his eye.
But the police "milkers" didn't leave the well-off family alone.
Archill, the younger son, a soccer player, got into a mess in a sports hall and was shot several times in his feet. Two of his friends were injured too. They all were taken to the intensive care unit marking the end of Archill's soccer career.