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Gamsakhurdia to bring government to justice2011-07-26 11:20
Despite the attorneys' efforts, Court of Appeal of Tbilisi has left the sentence awarded to the son of the first Georgian president, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, unaltered. But lawyers do not want to give up. As was stated by the defendant's attorney Keti Bekauri, the human right defenders are going to turn to the European Court of Human Rights. But is the West ready to influence Georgian Themis, which is under the authorities' total control, and release Gamsakhurdia from prison?
Many in the Georgian society realize that Tsotne Gamsakhurdia is a personal prisoner of President Mikhail Saakashvili. In 2009, the authorities accused him of giving a deliberate gunshot wound to his neighbor, though even the latter says it was not Tsotne who fired at him. More accusations followed; they included an attempted willful murder, espionage in Russia's favour and participation in an anti-government plot. Last year, the son of the first president was reminded of the events that happened more than ten years ago when Gamsakhurdia hit a policeman in 1998. The "fair and impartial" court of the republic opened a criminal case even without a lawsuit filed by the victim and, moreover, after the crime limitation period expired.
Public protest, as well as that of attorneys and human right organizations, led to nothing and Tsotne got almost ten years of imprisonment. But the faked sentence did not satisfy the lawmakers and they added another accusation to the lot: the officers of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Probation, Execution of Penalties and Legal Assistance suddenly thought that last year, being already in prison, Gamsakhurdia offered a bribe of 500 laris to a security guard so that the latter sent Tsotne's letter from to some third persons. Ultimately, he got another five years of imprisonment.
Now Gamsakhurdia, being in prison, has again embarked on a hunger strike. A while ago, attorney of the first president's son Keti Bekauri reported that her client was in a very bad health condition, for he did not eat and drank only water. Nevertheless, the administration of the prison hospital paid no attention to Tsotne - he was given no necessary medicines. Human right defenders do not take into account even Gamsakhurdia's religious feelings. He was not allowed to meet with Metropolitan of Akhaltsikhe and Tao-Klardzheti, archbishop Teodore, though Tsotne just wanted to take communion...