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The incidents of the police regime2010-05-09 15:37
Once again, political prisoner Tsotne Gamsakhurdia embarked on hunger strike in the Georgian prison. This time, he is suffering not for himself but for his companions in misfortune subjected to violence on the part of the prison administration. The beginning of his action coincided with the Police Day. On that day, public protests led to bloodshed and ended up in a criminal case against the oppositional candidate for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi Zviad Dzidziguri.
On Giorgoba's Day, the day of the Georgian patron saint announced to be the Police Day, son of the first president of Georgia Tsotne Gamsakhurdia embarked on dry hunger strike in the Georgian prison. He demands that Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg should pay attention to the situation in the system of the Georgian penal institutions, for instance, to the cases of physical punishment of the prisoners on the part of the prison administration officers.
His demands were supported by the Conservative Party which demanded initiating a criminal case on the fact of the beating of a prisoner.
That is not the first hunger strike Tsotne Gamsakhurdia embarks on. Last time, it cost the doctors much effort to bring him back to life. The son of Zviad Gamsakhurdia was arrested on October 27, 2009 on a charge of an attempt upon the life of his neighbour David Badzhelidze. The injured, by the way, did not confirm that Tsotne fired at him.
After a two-month investigation, Tsotne's case was supplemented with the accusations of espionage. Ultimately, despite the support provided by NGO and the opposition, the court of Tbilisi passed a sentence of 9,5 years of imprisonment.
In the public's opinion, he became another prisoner of conscience; there are several dozens of such prisoners in the Georgian jails. The authorities consider them to be convicted for violating the law, although criminal cases are often based upon the doubtful evidence and lame conclusions.
Nevertheless, the president characterized his police as depoliticized without batting an eyelid. As he underlined during the parade at the MIA building, the police are subject neither to him personally, nor to Head of the Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili; they are subject only to the law.
As to Merabishvili, he stated that the people not only trust the police almost as much as they trust the Church but that they also love it. However, during the yesterday parade, this "love" revealed itself quite openly when the oppositional protest action was not allowed to the festivities and stones were thrown at the cordons.