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Son of the first President of Georgia has announced hunger strike in prison2012-09-10 15:54
On September 8, the son of the first president of Georgia - Tsotne Gamsakhurdia - announced an indefinite hunger strike in Rustavi prison No 17, the PanArmenian reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to his lawyer Cathy Bekauri, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia decided to announce the hunger strike in the past weekend, on the 8th of September, demanding improved conditions of detention in prisons. "Today I have a meeting scheduled with him, and I'll get an update information about his main demandings", the lawyer said.
Tsotne Gamsakhurdia is serving a 13-year sentence for attempted murder, illegal purchase, possession and carrying of fire-arms, and for attempting to bribe prison guards.
This time Tsotne Gamsakhurdia poses two requirements: to improve prison conditions and to provide medical care to all ill prisoners.
As recalled by the NRegion, this is the fifth in a row hunger strike Tsotne Gamsakhurdia announced in jail. Son of the first president of Georgia was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison in April, 2010. Tsotne was arrested on October 27, 2009, on charges of inflicting gunshot wound to his neighbor David Badzhelidze. Gamsakhurdia himself denies his guilt, believing that he is the victim of political persecution by the authorities.
On July 20, 2011, Tbilisi Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the city court, which sentenced Gamsakhurdia to additional five years in prison for bribery. As a result, Tsotne's term has increased to 13 years and two months.