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Politicial scientist Maisaia started hunger strike2009-12-09 16:57
Vakhtang Maisaia, the ex-dean of political science department of Tbilisi State University, and two supporters of Georgian opposition today started a hunger strike.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to human rights activist Gela Nikolaishvil, they joined the hunger strike 35 prisoners, considering themselves political prisoners, started several days ago - the VZGLYAD.
The 3-day strike is devoted to the Human Rights Protection day on December 10th.
The prisoners also demand the meeting with Council of Europe experts.
According to the data of Georgian opposition, there're 65 political prisoners in the country.
Vakhtang Maisaia was detained on may 5th, the day of MIA's statement about the prevented plot and the day of Mukhrovani mutiny.
Maisaia's criminal case over espionage implies up to 12 years in prison. According to the investigation, he cooperated with foreign intelligence and sent via e-mail ciphered. Part of the materials contained the state secret, including data about military, political and economic situation in Georgia, changes in the government and purchased armaments. According to the Interior Ministry, Maisaia had access to state secrets. In the video of interrogation, spread by the MIA, he pleads guilty.
The case includes the materials, taken from his PC, including letters, publications, etc.