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In pursuit of justice

2010-05-26 23:41

6067.jpegManana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia, widow of Georgia's first president again tries to make the authorities get back to the case of her son, Tsotne condemned to 9 years' imprisonment for attempted murder, now declaring a third hunger strike. The despaired woman threatens to commit self-burning in front of the parliament unless journalists are allowed to see her son. Will the authorities meet this demand?


A protest rally calling for the meeting with chairman of parliament David Bakradze in order to discuss imprisonment of Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, a son of Georgia's first president, was organized at the building of parliament, reports. As the participants say, Gamsakhurdia is in poor state of health eager to tell about ill-treatment on the part of overseers.

At the time of the rally Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia stated she was ready to commit self-burning in front of the building of supreme legislative authority unless the authorities allow journalists to meet her son in jail. "Tsotne has been on a hunger strike for 20 days calling to establish order in Georgia's prisons and intending to announce a dry hunger strike that eventually can be a fatal decision" - she emphasized.

Police detained Tsotne Gamsakhurdia in October 2009 accusing him of deliberate shooting toward his neighbor who was injured. The indictee denied accusations and called for release after the neighbor's statement that Gamsakhurdia had not shot at him. However, despite lack of evidence the court of Tbilisi prolonged inquest several times. Moreover, new cases were initiated against Tsotne at the time of trial. At first he was accused of an attempt at deliberate murder, then - espionage in favor of Russia and involvement in an anti-governmental conspiracy.

In February another accusation was added to the old ones - infliction of minor injuries. The prosecutor reminded Tsotne of the events of ten years ago referring to November 21 1998 when Gamsakhurdia injured a policeman. The prosecution ignored basic rules of records management launching a criminal case without a claim of the aggrieved person and with the crime's limitation period expired. To crown it all Gamsakhurdia was sentenced to 9.5 years' imprisonment.

Over the whole period of incarceration Tsotne has declared three hunger strikes. The first one ended with the doctors electroshocking him out of a coma-like condition. In December Tsotne declared a second hunger strike that took him to coma.

Back to his senses, Gamsakhurdia started the third hunger protest. He has been rejecting food for 20 days threatening to stop consuming water which might eventually lead to his death.

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