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Georgia in preliminary detention2011-04-23 19:54
Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg is going to prepare rather a distasteful mixture for the Georgian authorities. A report on the legal situation in the republic will be soon published, summarizing the results of his recent trip to the county. It appears that the contents of the document will be distressful for the official Tbilisi. Mikhail Saakashvili and his supporters will again have to find a way to conceal their own lies as they did in case with Heidi Tagliavini's report.
Hammarberg's four-day visit to Georgia was connected with the numerous complaints received by the Council of Europe; the people complain about the local authorities' unjustified actions. He met with representatives of the human right organizations and members of the convicts' families who told the European official about some peculiarities of the country's judicial system. It looks like this communication seriously affected the commissioner's position, for he delivered rather a rigid assessment of the legal situation in the country. "I have received quite serious complaints, for instance, about awarding preliminary detention in case of supreme penalty; there were also complaints about the prosecutors' actions during the investigation process, irrelevant
proof collection and proof faking. If these facts are confirmed, the impartiality and independence of the judicial system will be put in question", - Hammarberg remarked.
In the Commissioner's opinion, unjustifiably long proceedings on the cases of breaking the law on policemen's part are also a serious drawback. These are the people, whose fairness, professional skill and incorruptibility are so often praised by local propaganda. No wonder the officers of the Georgian security agencies are more "equal" than others: that's the only way the ruling regime can ensure their loyalty and its own survival.
Proof faking, a low level of investigations, pressed attorneys - that's what the country may really "boast" of, though the government declares the victory of democracy in its territory without a shadow of a doubt. By the way, such statements are made with the unanimous consent of the western allies. However, European and American politicians gradually understand that even the loudest words cannot suppress the Georgian prisoners and their relatives' calls for help.