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Badri Bitsadze, a phantom prisoner

2011-08-22 16:40

Badri Bitsadze, a phantom prisoner. 21086.jpegToday a judgment was passed on Badri Bitsadze, Nino Burdzhanadze's husband accused of organization of an illegal armed group. He is sentenced to five and a half years' imprisonment. There was not a single doubt he would be found guilty. Yet, there is one "but". The accused man was not present in court proceedings, still absconding. No one, even his wife (it seems) knows where Bitsadze is now.


The huge and pompous building of Supreme Court, a five-meter high metal gate, a crowd of journalists before the entrance. Everyone in wait of a chance to get inside since today is the trial over one of the main "revolutionaries" - Badri Bitsadze. As the prosecutor's office claims, he set up a military group intended for a coup.

The legal procedure has been on for several days with big session rooms overfilled with journalists.

Here comes Nino Burdzhanadze that, as witnesses claim, looks immaculate and business-like. Yet, the cell for the alleged offender is empty. He fled trial immediately after the events of May 26.

Still, runaway Bitsadze has three lawyers defending him. They believe that prosecution is doomed since there is no significant evidence of Bitsadze's guilt. Yet, they make a reservation that their arguments could be valid only if courts in Georgia were independent. Now it's pointless to rely on independence. This is a political case, and the decision is predetermined by the situation itself.

The prosecution refers to "Molotov cocktails" and catapults "Bitsadze's groups" allegedly planned to use against the police. Yet, the defense claims, these facts have no proof: no cocktail or catapult was found.

Prosecution fully relies on the words of general Giya Uchava - "Judas" of the protest movement that was one of the organizers of the May 26 action and then betrayed his accomplices. Yet, there is no material evidence shown by Uchava.

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