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Saakashvili got his Photogate2011-07-27 11:30
Ridiculous accusations of espionage in Russia's favour addressed at Zurab Kurtsikidze, Georgiy Abdaladze, Irakly and Natia Gedenidze turned out another shame for the Georgian justice. Having found no other proof of their guilt, Vano Merabishvili's assistants forced the photographers to make confessionary statements and then released them. Besides another demonstration of the citizens' defenselessness before the authorities' lawlessness, this process, which was suddenly ceased, showed that even Saakashvili's close associates prefer making a little money on the side to the fair fulfillment of their responsibilities.
side to the fair fulfillment of their responsibilities.
On Friday, the City Court of Tbilisi added a new page to the history of law. The four people suspected of a grievous crime against the state, one of whom had direct access to the president of the country, were admitted guilty but were awarded nominal sentences and released right in the courtroom.
Such indulgence is incredible, indeed. Now the Georgian law may claim the laurels of the most human law in the world. Having admitted his guilt and having agreed to a transaction with the investigation, Mikhail Saakashvili's personal photographer Irakliy Gedenidze and press photographer of Alia media holding Georgiy Abdaladze were nominally awarded a four-year sentence; a correspondent of EPA European agency Zurab Kurtsikidze - a three-year sentence and Gedenidze's wife Natia - one year and a half.
"The decision was based on special circumstances of the defendants' cooperation with the investigation. Notably, the accused not only admitted guilty but also provided important detailed information to the Counterintelligence Department of the Foreign Ministry in the attorneys' presence", - the judge explained his kindliness in respect of the shrewd "spies".
Today, Commersant revealed another reason for such soft-heartedness. According to the newspaper reporters, espionage in Russia's favour is naturally out of the question. It's just that the Georgian president's personal photographer Irakliy Gedenidze whose status allowed him to shoot the bloody break-up of a meeting on May 26 decided to make money on the exclusive photos. The enterprising photographer sold this hot material to Zurab Kurtsikidze and Georgiy Abdaladze so as not to be accused of abusing confidence and the latter disseminated the photo documents among the world information outlets on their behalf.
"What Gedenidze did is not only violation of the corporate ethics but also a criminal offense, for the photos were meant purely for the administrative use, which means they were related to secret information", -