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Georgia’s government has “polished” the pardon lists2008-11-18 14:48
Georgia's government has reduced the number of persons that were put forward for remission by the Anticrisis Parliamentary Council.
As the Chairman of the Anticrisis Council Georgy Tortladze reported to the journalists ex head and the founder of "202" television company Shalva Ramiashvili, the niece of ex minister of defense (Igor Giorgadze, now wanted by the law-enforcement agencies), Maya Topuria and the sister of ex presidential envoy in the Kodory gorge Nora Kvitsiani have been excluded from the list.
Tortladze says that returning the lists the representatives of Georgia's Prosecutor-General's Office stated that these persons were not political prisoners; they were indicted on grave criminal charges and must serve their term in full.
Shalva Ramiashvili arrested in follow-up of the scandal with the filming of a movie that compromised now ex deputy of Georgia's parliament, a member of the dominant majority Koba Bekuari, was convicted of extortion of a considerable sum of money from Bekauri.
Maya Topuria was detained with other members of Igor Giorgadze's party "Spravedlivost" (Justice) and convicted of setting up a coup d'état, and in the house of Nora Kvitsiani arms and ammunition supplies were found during the search.
The lists of the persons presented for remission also contain the convicts that were not covered by the amnesty law under consideration in the Parliament. Oppositional deputies believe that Ramiashvili, Topuria and Kvitsiani as well as other persons entered in the list are political prisoners and must be released.
The amnesty that according to the statements of Georgia's government will be the most significant for the last few years will be announced on November 23. That day 2 000 convicts will be granted freedom, 3500 persons will have their term cut in half and the conditional sentence of 6500 persons will be cancelled.
Non parliamentary opposition calls this amnesty formal and states that it will not be as "significant" as the government asserts. As one of the leaders of "For United Georgia" movement Eka Besselia says there are many articles in the amnesty draft law in compliance with which nobody in Georgia is convicted or serves a sentence. The real convicts, i.e. political prisoners, are not included in the amnesty.
As for remission first the Anticrisis Parliamentary Council presented a list of 16 persons for President's consideration but as the name of Nora Kvitsiani was not there (due to forgetfulness or misunderstanding, as the council members state) an additional list was presented later.