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Demetradze’s cry from Georgian torture chambers2011-04-25 18:22
Here is a story about another extraordinary Georgian prisoner. Georgi Demetradze, once a well-known soccer player in the CIS, now placed in the isolation ward, is cutting himself in hope to get to the prison hospital. From his hospital bed he tells about disastrous conditions of life and lawlessness in prisons. Let's hope that the desperate cry of the famous soccer player will be louder than dry statistics of various rights defending organizations endlessly reporting on nightmares of Georgian cells.
nightmares of Georgian cells.
A former forward for Georgia's national soccer team gets incarcerated for "laughing out loud". In prison he is kept standing, wearing cuffs, unallowed to sit or lie down. But even a 34-year-old man can't spend so much time on foot. He cuts his wrist on a sharp corner of the sink to be taken to the prison hospital.
This is not a story about inquisition tortures or Nazi prisons. This is Georgia's today where the only chance to avoid torture chambers is to be taken to hospital.
Tortures in Georgian prisons, inhuman conditions of detention are endlessly described by various NGOs. Even Thomas Hammarberg, EU High Commissioner for human rights, came to Georgia to discuss the issue recently. Yet, the reality of Georgian prison life is best described by one of the most popular Georgians demonstrating total chaos in Georgia's system of justice.
Georgi Demetradze's story is quite typical for today's Georgia. His case gets noticed by the Department of Constitutional Security at the Ministry of Interior - and it is a verdict in itself. His story differs from thousands of similar incidents only because he is known, and his words are heard by dozens of thousands of people all over the CIS. Yet, a no less dramatic story of Dato from Chiatura will be reflected in a dry report of some NGO - at best.
Demetradze was accused of having connections with the "world of thieves", which is considered a crime in Georgia. This article in the Criminal Code is very similar to those used by NKVD. A person's involvement or non-involvement in the affairs of the "world of thieves" can't be proved. The formula was invented by Georgian minister of interior Vano Merabishvili specifically for mafia bosses that are not easily reached with the help of justice. Now we see that this article in the Criminal Code can be used for any occasion anytime.