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Briefing on situation in prison system to be held in Georgia2009-09-21 12:40
MP Giya Tsagareishvili and Shalva Ramishvili, the founder of 202 TV company, who served his sentence in prison #2, will discuss the situation in Georgian prisons - GHN.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The situation in Georgian prisons is alarming, human rights are often violated, and Shalva Ramishvili knows it well. He will present the community the detailed information on situation in Georgian prisons," Tsagareishvili said.
Shalva Ramishvili was detained on August 27th 2005 over the accusation of extortion of USD 75 000 from Koba Bekauri, the then MP [ruling party] and threat to broadcast a compromising film in case money isn't given. On March 29th 2006 the journalist was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment. Georgian channels aired the footage of MIA, recording the moment bekauri passing 25 000 to Ramishvili.
In several months 202 TV company was closed.
Ramishvili himself didn't plead guilty.
Together with him David Kokhreidze, the CEO of 202, was detained and sentenced to 3 years, but in 2007 was pardoned by the President.
Georgian opposition added Ramishvili to the list of political prisoners. Some call him the "personal prisoner" of Mikheil Saakashvili, as he never fell under President-initiated amnesties.