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Georgian Justice opens eyes2012-10-11 20:51
Yesterday, "personal hostage of Mikheil Saakashvili" General Tamaz Tamazashvili was released. He has served a year without a single day of three and a half years of his term. He received this one day from the Patriarch of Georgia, who initiated the release of all the prisoners of the country one day before the due time. Dozens of friends, former employees and family members waited Tamazashvili in fromt of the Gldani prison No 8.
On October 10, after a year in prison retired General Tamaz Tamazashvili was released. He has not plead guilty. And now he claims he was kept in prison illegally. He was accused of collusion with Lado Bedukadze, whose name appeared in the case of tortures in the Gldani prison where Tamazashvili served his sentence. A year ago, law enforcers planted a rusty gun and drugs to him and he was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months for illegal possession of weapons and possession of illicit drugs. But in fact he was accused that he allegedly "gave orders in the prison and made dangerous deals".
According to the candidate for Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Tamazashvili was personal hostage of President Mikheil Saakashvili. He believes that linking the video with tortures of prisoners with the name of the General, the current government is trying to justify his illegal arrest. We should note that Tamazashvili is father-in-law of the future Interior Minister of Georgia. According Garibashvili, his father-in-law faithfully served his country for 25 years, and for the last 8 was retired. "If he was a serious threat to society, then why he was not detained for the past 8 years, and why his arrest coincided with the appearance of the leader of the "Georgian Dream" Bidzina Ivanishvili on political scene", Garibashvili asks.
Malkhaz Rogava, one of Tamazashvili's lawyers, stated the release of his ward was initiated by prosecutors. During the session of the Supreme Court prosecutor suddenly turned to the supreme judge with a request to shorten Tamazashvili's term for a year and has got approval.
The society reacted ambiguously to the release of General. "In the same prison there are 41 political prisoners. Certainly, it is good that at least one was released, but why should we have to choose who to release, and who not", defender Eliso Kiladze says.
Kinship of Tamazashvili and Garibashvili has played a special role. On the eve of the parliamentary election, speaking in Telavi and Kakheti, Ivanishvili promised to release Tamazashvili from prison. He has kept his word. But what about the other political prisoners?