Prosecutor's Office of Georgia: we did not apply violence to the photographers
There are no signs of violence on the body of photojournalist of European Photo Agency EPA Zurab Kurtsikidze arrested on charges of espionage. As the "Georgia-News" reported, such statement was made today by the Georgian Prosecutor's Office.
"The detainee had no lesions or other signs of physical pressure. Kurtsikidze has denied information widespread by his lawyer and has not expressed any complaints on the application of physical pressure in relation to him" - said in a statement of the prosecutor's office.
On the eve the NGO "Human Rights Center" reported that lawyer of photojournalist noticed bruises on his face during the first meeting with the detainee. Moreover, Kurtsikidze told his lawyer that he was beaten on the day of the arrest "for prevention".
After that, Attorney of Office for the Protection of Human Rights of the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia met with the detainee and said that "the fact of beating Zurab Kurtsikidze does not correspond to reality".
The Prosecutor's Office also noted in a statement that photographers met with representatives of the Ombudsman after the arrest. They confirmed that the state of Zurab Kurtsikidze, Natia and Irakli Gedenidze and George Abdaladze is satisfactory, and that their bodies have no traces of violence.
Recall, the other day the Georgian Interior Ministry arrested four photojournalists, including a personal photographer of President Saakashvili for allegedly spying. The fifth detainee - photographer of "Associated Press", was later released.