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Legal proceedings or legal tyranny?2010-02-12 17:16
Committee for liberating Tsotne Gamsakhurdia keeps demanding that the authorities should withdraw all the accusations brought against the son of the first president of Georgia. Recently, an action took place near the USA Embassy in Tbilisi, while Gamsakhurdia's supporters discussed the further plan of actions with the representatives of the Georgian opposition in the office of the People's defender. Tsotne is still kept under arrest and continues hunger-striking in protest against the framed-up accusations.
In the recent years, persecution on political grounds became one of the characteristic traits of the current Georgian authorities. Not so long ago, former ombudsman and current active oppositionist of Alliance for Georgia Sozar Subari reported to GeorgiaTimes that it is the current president of the country who should be blamed for the aggravation of the situation in the field of rights protection. "In the times of Mikhail Saakashvili, the situation changed to the worse, - he said. - In the times of Shevardnadze the rights were violated at the level that was beyond the state's control but when Saakashvili came to power it acquired political character". According to Subari, now the Georgian courts are dependent upon the authorities and the Prosecutor's Office,
so the decisions are taken not by the judges but by the prosecutors. "Moreover, the persecution of political prisoners is obvious", - he added.
One of the brightest examples of such policy is the increased attention of the regime to the son of the first president of Georgia Tsotne Gamsakhurdia. The authorities have already tried to groundlessly accuse him of espionage in favor of Russia, while last October he was arrested, being suspected of shooting and wounding his neighbor David Badzhelidze. It is notable that the victim himself denies the fact of being attacked by Gamsakhurdia.
Despite the absence of proof, the court of Tbilisi has several times prolonged the investigation, while Tsotne embarked on the second hunger-strike in the pretrial detention center. As a result of his first hunger-strike, the doctors had to drive him out of the state that was close to a coma with the help of an electric shocker. Besides, his mother, Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia is not allowed to see her son and get acquainted with the pieces of evidence and case materials.