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Georgian MIA admitted to using traumatic weapons

2009-06-03 11:52

Georgian Ministry of Interior admitted that in the clash with protesters near the main police office in Tbilisi on May 6th non-lethal weapons were used-Day.Az.

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That time dozens of protesters, including opposition leaders, were aggrieved; two people were hit by bullets from that weapons in the eyes and got blind.

Non-lethal weapons are used to neutralize the opponent, damage to health and physical condition of people must be minimal.

This week Georgian magazine Liberal published an article, stating that the Ministry demonstrated pneumatic rifles of two types, both were used by police on May 6th : ALSL6, shooting rubber bullets (also was used by police on November 7th 2007); and FN 303, using the so-called "non-lethal bullets" different from rubber ones.

Shota Utiashvili, MIA spokesman said that previously the Ministry didn't publish the information on the use of traumatic weapons on May 6th "to avoid aggravation of the situation". That was the official position of MIA, Utiashvili said - Liberal.

Alluding to MIA representatives, Liberal states that special mission unit policemen knew the safety guide to FN 303, including the point prohibiting aiming at the head.

"It was dark, and special mission unit representatives saw only the upper part of people's bodies," explained Shalva Janashvili, deputy Interior Minister.

 

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