"Photographers-spies" were liberated from court
It was just reported that three Georgian photographers, who were accused of spying for Russia were liberated from court in Tbilisi. As the "GHN" reported, the court granted the prosecutor's office' petition for an application of conditional sentences for defendants photographers.
In a statement the court recognized the norm recorded in the mediation as a legal and found photographers guilty on the submitted items.
During the trial defendants have pleaded their guilt and confirmed that they did not experience any pressure, neither moral nor physical.
All four photographers were accused on the first paragraph of Article 314 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (collection, keeping and transmission of secret government documents, information, data and other material, or theft with a view to transfer to foreign organizations or their representatives, or the collection and transfer of information on the order of foreign organizations to the detriment of the interests of Georgia).
This article provides the penalty in form of imprisonment from eight to 12 years. However, on basis of the deal with the investigation and the fact that the defendants have fully admitted their guilt and gave investigators important information, the prosecution appealed to apply leniency for photographers.
Thus, Zurab Kurtsikidze was imprisoned for 2 years, but this sentence will be replaced by suspended sentence and probationary period for 3 years.
George Abdaladze was sentenced to 3 years, but it will be replaced by a conditional probationary period for 4 years.
Irakli Gedenidze was sentenced to 3 years. This sentence was replaced by a conditional probationary period for 3 years.
Natela Gedenidze was sentenced to six months and probationary period for a half years.