The claim of the journalists suffered in Tbilisi is partially satisfied
December 27, the Tbilisi court has partially satisfied the claim of journalists who have suffered May 26, 2011 from the law enforcement during disperse of an opposition rally. Now, the Interior Ministry has to pay damages to victims, "Caucasian Knot" reported.
The lawsuit was filed in July by representatives of six Georgian publications: "Netgazeta", "Guria News", "Batumelebi", "Chohatauris Matsne", "Akhali Aambebi" and "Radiocenter". According to the lawyers of Legal Resource Center for Media under "Georgian Young Lawyers Association", during the crackdown of the protests on May 26 the workers of media got various injuries. It was reported that two of them were injured by rubber bullets, and one was poisoned by tear gas. Also, the representatives of special forces of the Interior Ministry have damaged the equipment of journalists, resulting lost of footage.
Judge Thea Tadashvili fully satisfied that part of the claim, which concerned the reparation of damages to journalists' health. By court decision, the Interior Ministry must pay to the media representatives: Constantine Stalinsky - 12 lari (about $ 7), Tamaz Kupreishvili - 30 lari (about $ 18), Nato Gogelia - 17 GEL and 50 tetri (about $ 10).
In particular, during the May events, Nato Gogelia - the employee of the newspaper "Guria News" - got damage. Police officers grabbed her camera and took out the memory card and "inflicted verbal and physical abuse" to the journalist, Biznes-portal.com reported. Also, according to the court, the Interior Ministry must pay the newspaper Batumilebi the cost of two cameras in the amount of 1922 GEL / $ 1.1 thousand (obviously, they mean the equipment, damaged or lost through the fault of the police).