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Subari demands to investigate facts of political persecution of citizens2009-06-04 10:26
Sozar Subari, the Public Defender of Georgia, addressed Mamuka Gvaramia, the Prosecutor General, and demanded proper reaction on the presented facts of political persecution of citizens.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This time it concerns Yuri Latsabadze, the People's Party [headed by Koba Davitashvili] member. This man turned to the ombudsmen and told he was often called on the phone, came to his house, warned his relatives.
On April 19th, on Easter, he was staying at his father-in-law in Khashuri, where he had a call from local policeman Vano Lomsadze, who asked him to arrange a meeting. Lamsadze couldn't come to the police station, and meeting was arranged in father's-in-law house.
Lomsadze came with some unknown man called Georgi and asked Latsabidze to walk out and get into a car. After that he was taken away, 100 meters [110 yards] far from the house 2-3 masked people stopped the car, took him out and was beating for 20-25 minutes.
Attackers drove away, the opposition member was taken to hospital, examination proved he had traumas of head, limbs, teeth are knocked out. After the first aid Latsabidze was taken to police for interrogation, where a policeman called Jinjikhashvili threatened to break him hands. Opposition member claimed on April 30th policemen visited his house in Surami, and now threaten his father-in-law with sacking.
Sozar Subari, the Public Defender, regards these facts as persecution from political motives; it contradicts the Constitution of Georgia; and the ombudsman demands from the Prosecutor General to react on them.