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Ex-President’s son stopped dry hunger strike

2010-06-15 11:46

Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, the son of the late first President of Georgia, currently imprisoned, stopped his dry hunger strike and shifted to usual.


His attorney at law, Georgi Tevzadze, yesterday visited Gamsakhurdia in Gldani's prison #5. According to his information, the defendant shifted to usual hunger strike "to be able to struggle against the injustice being executed against prisoners," - Kavkazski Uzel.

On June 7th Nana Kakabadze, the representative of Former Political Prisoners- For Human Rights NGO, noted that Tsotne's health condition was critical.

He started the infinite hunger strike on May 3rd , protesting against prison's administration treating inmates violently. Gamsakhurdia also demands establishment of a special council to monitor condition of prisoners in jails.

Tsotne Gamsakhurdia is accused of attempted murder of his neighbour, illegal purchase, possession and carrying a weapon.

David Bajelidze was operated and later testified. He said Tsotne Gamsakhurdia didn't shot at him.

The late President's son claimed he himself was attacked and hit unconscious, and he came to himself only in his house. The medical expertise confirmed it.

Previously Georgia Times reported that Tsotne Gamsakhurdia was arrested on October 27th over the charge of attempted murder. He started a hunger strike and was put in a prison hospital.

On February 1st he was presented a new charge on inflicting slight injuries [over an incident occurred in 1998].

For the first time he was arrested on September 3rd 2008, in Tbilisi airport, right after his return from Moscow. He was charged of espionage for Russia and organization of anti-state plot.

The ground was the tape of his talk with Konstantin Gamsakhurdia, his stepbrother, made in the course of protest actions of autumn 2007. Tsotne, that time staying in Moscow, reproached opposition for indecisiveness and lack of action. After the first arrest he was also charged of wounding Georgian water polo player Avtandil Maglakelidze in 1999, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia was released on September 18th 2008,after GEL 20 000 [appr. USD 12 500] were paid as bail.


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