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International Court takes up Saakashvili case2010-01-25 22:54
World media are buzzing over the news that the group of inquiry with the International Criminal Court will come to Georgia early in February to investigate into the circumstances of the August 2008 events. What will this inquest bring to Tbilisi?
Tbilisi is alarmed about the information that leaked into the media on the visit of International Criminal Court's group of inquiry to Georgia. According to an unnamed source in the Georgian capital the investigation will be a headache for the current authorities referring to "Balkan political figures that stood before the Hague tribunal". But neither Russia nor South Ossetia should celebrate, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes.
In the meantime Moscow took the visit to the Georgian capital as an expected event after numerous calls from Moscow and Tskhinval. Though the information on the arrival of Western guests to Tbilisi hasn't been confirmed.
Presently over 2,500 claims from South Ossetian citizens affected by August 2008 hostilities in Tskhinval have been sent to European courts. Many Ossetians that filed claims to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg lost their relatives on those five grievous days. Others lost their property. As for the Hague tribunal this is the first international organization that deals with genocide, military crimes and crimes against humanity. Some NGOs also submitted their claims to the court in Strasbourg, UN International Court and to Hague.
As early as in August South Ossetian FM Murat Jioev stated that the examination of claims had begun, and the republic was waiting for the courts to acknowledge the fact of Georgia's military aggression against South Ossetia hoping that the persons guilty of the crimes against peace and humanity would be duly punished.
Later Edward Kokoyty, leader of the young republic emphasized: Tskhinval will call for a trial against Georgian president as a military criminal who ordered to shell Tskhinval. According to the South Ossetian leader the law-enforcement authorities of South Ossetia are suing against Saakashvili. "This is an international crime that must be punished", - Kokoyty believes. - That is why our law-enforcement bodies are working on the issue that hasn't been taken off the agenda. Saakashvili is a criminal that must sit in jail, and we will press for it". RSO president is sure that Mikheil Saakashvili must be charged with genocide of the Ossetian nation for the order to shell Tskhinval and the war he declared on South Ossetia.
This opinion is shared in Smolenskaya square. According to deputy Russian FM Grigory Karasin those who unleashed aggression against people of South Ossetia deserve due punishment.