The UN has criticized the Georgian government
As noted in the communique of the United Nations, representatives of the UN Working Group which visited Georgia, calls upon the Georgian authorities to stop illegal arrests and the pronouncement of severe sentences to citizens of the republic, the "GHN" reported.
"Arbitrary detentions have become commonplace in Georgia - the document says. - The authorities do not guarantee compliance with the minimum rights of prisoners. In addition, it has completely eliminated the possibility of bail".
According to representative of the UN Working Group Hadji Malick Sow, about 90 percent of cases in Georgia are completed during the extrajudicial procedures during which the accused are forced to plead guilty, without the intervention of judges, .
"The prosecutor is negotiating with the defendant, as a result of which the latter admitts his guilt in a number of criminal cases, and prosecutors reduces his prison sentence or the amount of the charges against him" - he added.
Earlier, Georgia's National Statistics Office reported that 23983 prisoners and defendants are in country's prisons. That's 146 men more than in January this year. According to statistics, the number of people held in penitentiary institutions was 0.54 percent of the total population.
This is mainly men - 22 thousand 601 people, more than 94 percent of the total number of detainees, and 1168 women (about 5 percent). The average age of inmates ranged from 18 to 45 years (80 percent).
In addition, in Georgian prisons there are 214 juvenile detainees, that is 0.9 percent of the total number of detained and 377 foreign citizens (1.6 percent).