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Convicted footballer Demetradze sent a complaint to the ECHR

2012-01-10 13:08

Footballer George Demetradze, who is serving term in Georgia on charges of having links with the "thieves' world", has filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer of the convicted Marina Pkhaladze told this to agency "Georgia News".

Demetradze accused Georgian authorities of violating several articles of the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: Article 3 (prohibition of torture and degrading treatment), 6 (guaranteeing the right to a fair trial) and 8 (right to respect for private life).

According to Demetradze's lawyer, the degrading treatment consisted in the fact that her client, serving a sentence "was not allowed to use a credit card within two weeks, so that he could not buy toiletries and food in a store".

The lawyer called the verdict on footballer's case "illegal". She said that her client had been convicted only for his friendship with certain people. Thus, according to a lawyer, this is a violation of his right to privacy.

George Demetradze was arrested in Tbilisi in the summer of 2010. He was detained on charges of illegal totalizator and "wringing out" the debts from the losers. According to investigators, the criminal activity was organized by "kingpin" Vato Kipiani (using for this purpose his connections in Georgia) who resided in Ukraine. A few others people were arrested on this case. Demetradze was charged only in connection with the "thieves' world" but the court found these allegations sufficient to condemn the footballer to six years in prison.

His lawyers attempted to appeal the verdict, however, the Tbilisi Court of Appeal upheld the verdict of the City Court in July. The footballer's lawyers announced their intention to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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