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Council of Europe calls on Tskhinval to release Georgian teens2009-11-17 15:34
The Council of Europe calls for immediate release of four Georgian teenagers detained in early November in Tskhinval according to the joint statement by Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (the Council's charter body), Samuel Žbogar posted on the Council of Europe's site, RIA Novosti reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Nowhere in Europe should teenagers be detained as a result of political and security issues", - the statement runs.
"As the Secretary General and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe we call for their immediate release", - the document reads.
According to the South Ossetian side four underage citizens of Georgia were detained at around 23.00 on November 4 in Tskhinval by the RSO Interior Ministry officers. The teenagers had four grenades and explosive materials that were taken away from them. The Georgian side reported that four high school pupils from Tirdznisi village Georgy Romelashvili, born in 1995, Aleko Sabadze, born in 1995, Viktor Buchukuri, born in 1993 and Levan Khmiadashvili, born in 1992 went missing from the territory adjacent to Tirdznisi village of Gori district.
As GeorgiaTimes wrote earlier, today it was reported that Georgia's Ministry of Justice applied to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg with a request to force Russia to immediately release the detainees.