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European court considered the lawsuit of Georgia against Russia2009-04-17 12:03
Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights held hearings of the lawsuit of Georgia against Russia in connection of the mass deportation of Georgians from the territory of Russia in end 2006 - Grani.ru.gt-en-newsitem-inside
At the meeting the Court must decided the acceptability of the case. After hearing to the both sides, the court retired for deliberations. In few days it will be clear whether the case will be considered tried.
At the same time, Georgia intends to submit more individual claims against Russia in the framework of the same case.
The amount in controversy may be from EUR 35 mln to EUR 140 mln. At the yesterday's hearings the Georgian delegation was headed by Tina Burjaliani, the Deputy Minister of Justice; the Russian one - by Georgi Matyushkin, the Plenipotentiary representative of Russia in the European Court of Human Rights.
"The Georgian representatives retold the contents of the claim, whereas the Russians stressed the unacceptability of the case in the ECtHR as not all the ways for defence in Russia were exhausted. The Georgian side objected that at that moment there was no postal communication between Georgia and Russia, therefore declaring a claim into a Russian court was impossible. In general, the discussion was held very proper, without emotions, "the source of The Kommersant said.
The Georgian side voiced no demands of compensation. The Ministry of Justice of Georgia stated that as it is the inter-state case, a money compensation is out of question. "We don't want to punish anyone. The important thing for us is the acceptance of violating the European Convention on Human Rights by Russia and prevention of further violations in the future", the ministry of justice of Georgia stated.