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Prison for Georgian old woman2012-12-11 16:44
A few days ago we have managed to see the most elderly prisoner in Georgian prisons. Grandma Nana Zangurashvili is 80 years old, and she lives in a suburb of the city of Rustavi, near Tbilisi. Among other prisoners, she was pardoned by the President in late October. Now Nana Zangurashvili is re-learning to live at large.
I know grandma Nana from the childhood, but I rarely visit this village, so I wasn't aware of all of life's twists and turns of the old woman. I was very surprised when my friend asked her when she had got out of jail. It's hard to me to imagine how and why a 80-year-old woman could have got to the jail?
"Shame on my old head. I barely look into the eyes of my children and grandchildren. I have failed to find justice, wherever I've appealed", lamented grandmother Nana.
She found herself in prison for a completely seemingly ordinary for rural area thing. Woman was cleaning the garden and burning brushwood. But the wind was strong, and the burning flames destroyed the neighboring fence.
"The court could assign a fine, but alas", says grandmother Nana. She believes that the local Prosecutor Zurab Beltadze has settled personal scores with her because of her complaints: Nana Zangurashvili had blamed Beltadze for neglecting to investigation of the case of the robbery of her house. "And his mother is of the same age", says Nana.
"It was unconscionably. In jail, no one bothered me, I was quiet, but it was a shame as I was caught like a little thief. There were a lot of women, but I was the eldest. In jail all women respected me, but I was always nervous. My life has lost its meaning", the old woman said with tears in her eyes.
"My family and I begged the prosecutor and the judge to assign a fine, but ... They treated me as if I'm a kind of recidivist", the woman continued.
On the second day I managed to see the materials of the case in the Rustavi City Court. It turned out that grandma Nana had been denying her fault. But, despite this, on February 9, 2011, the judge Larisa Liparteliani sentenced her to three-year prison term.
The verdict states that the old woman has burned down lumber and wood lying near the fence and belonging to the neighbor, with whom she had a conflict. Through this she has caused damage to the neighbor worth of 1000 GEL. Old woman has not pled guilty that time, and does not plead till now. She constantly repeated that the fire spread to the fence by negligence, and she had no prior intent to destroy a neighbor's fence.