Gruzie 2012

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Близкие и соседи погибшего Сосо Кимеридзе не впустили представителей оппозиции на панихиду оппозицию

02.03.2012   11:24

Близкие и соседи семьи погибшего Сосо Кимеридзе в селе Квишхети Хашурского района не впустили на панихиду представителей оппозиции. Стоящие у ворот дома люди говорили, что представители оппозиции несколько раз приезжали в село, чем вызвали недовольство семьи.

Представители коалиции Бидзины Иванишвили советовали семье провести альтернативную экспертизу причин смерти погибшего в здании полиции 45-летнего Сосо Кимеридзе. Их сопровождали тележурналисты с камерами, что вызвало протест родных покойного.

По официальной информации, 27 февраля сотрудники Хашурской районной полиции с целью проведения следственных мероприятий по факту кражи в селе Квишхети привезли Сосо Кимеридзе в отделение полиции на допрос, а через некоторое время привезли домой труп. По версии полиции, Кимеридзе упал с лестницы, спускаясь с третьего этажа на первый и умер в больницы в результате травм, не совместимых с жизнью. Родные же говорят, что на его лице и теле видны такие повреждения, которые не могли быть вызваны падением.

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Public Defender Calls for Impartial Probe into Man’s Death in Police Custody

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 1 Mar.’12 / 16:09

The Georgian Public Defender’s Office (PDO) has called on the authorities to carry out “comprehensive and impartial” investigation into the death of a man in a police station in the town of Khashuri.

According to the official police version Solomon (Soso) Kimeridze, a resident of the village of Kvishkheti in Khashuri district in central Georgia, was taken to the police station on February 27 in connection to a robbery case where he sustained multiple injuries after he “fell over the handrail into a foyer of the police station’s first floor” when going downstairs from the third floor of the building. He died after being hospitalized, according to the Interior Ministry. The version has been questioned by Kimeridze’s family and some opposition figures who suspect a foul play.

Citing the European Court of Human Rights’ rulings, the Georgian Public Defender’s Office said on March 1 that when death occurs in police custody, strong presumptions of fact will arise in respect of injuries and death occurring during that detention and there is a heightened burden on the authorities to provide a satisfactory explanation about the cause of death.

“We appeal to the relevant authorities in charge of investigation to carry out full, comprehensive and impartial investigation in order to establish the cause of Kimeridze’s death, as well as to find out whether or not he was subjected to inhuman treatment before the death,” the PDO said.

It also said that a deputy head of the Khashuri police testified before PDO’s representative and according to his account while going downstairs, Kimeridze was accompanied by one local police officer who was going in front of Kimeridze and neither he nor anyone else in the building saw the very moment when Kimeridze fell over the handrail.

“However, it has been alleged [by local policemen], that Kimeridze perhaps lost balance and fell over the handrail because of height and his weight,” PDO said.

The PDO also called on the prosecutor’s office, which is investigating the case, to pay attention to the fact that although Kimeridze was taken to the police station, he was neither formally accused, nor registered as a detainee in the records of the local police.

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Ill-Treatment of prisoners in Kutaisi Prison

09.02.2012

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After holding a monitoring in the penitentiary departments in Imereti region the special group of Ombudsman of Georgia found that the convicts in #2 penitentiary department of Kutaisi are still treated badly. The facts of collective punishment and ill-treatment still prevail.

According to the press service of Public Defender, during the monitoring, the members of special preventive group talked with the prisoners, employees of the department and medical personnel. The main emphasis was put on the issues of treatment of prisoners. In this regard Kutaisi #2 penitentiary department drew particular attention.

The convicts placed in Kutaisi #2 penitentiary department note with the representatives of Ombudsman that, as a rule, the employees treat them rudely, provocatively and in a degrading way. According to prisoners, any contact with the employees of the department can cause a conflict and insult.

Though the prisoners are allowed to take one hour walk on a fresh air, majority state that they abstain to do so since in most of the cases if one prisoner greets another, they are made to stop walking and return to their cells.

According to the information of Ombudsman, Kutaisi #2 department still uses methods of collective punishment – for the misdemeanor of one prisoner, the whole cells gets punished which is additional mechanism for pressuring the administration. The situation is the same in the cells where the prisoners take shifts and the prisoner who is on duty is held responsible for the actions of other prisoners. Refusing to take shift becomes cause for physical assault or punishment.

Ombudsman also notes in the statement disseminated on February 9th that unlike previous monitoring, the practice of placing prisoners in the so-called “boxes” – 2-3 square meter storeroom where there is no bed and chair and the people placed there have to sleep on the floor has stopped.

The members of monitoring group also visited the prisoners placed in the punishment cells. They stated that no pressure has been used against them during or after the placement. However, several convicts placed in other cells noted that when they were placed in the punishment cells, they were forced to take off their clothes every morning in order to humiliate them. The members of the monitoring group note that it was unbearably cold in the punishment cells during the monitoring.

According to the Ombudsman, every prisoner can use bathroom only once a week. During the monitoring, several convicts received magazines and newspaper Kviris Palitra through the post. According to prisoners, they are prohibited to receive other newspapers.

During the monitoring 23 prisoners of Kutaisi #2 Penitentiary department were on quarantine. While opening the door of the isolation cell, the prisoners put their hands on head and start standing facing the window. Several noted that they have to do this three or four times a day and sometimes it lasts for half an hour. If they do not get up in seconds they get punished. Some prisoners noted with the representatives of Ombudsman, that while on quarantine, during morning check-up, the employees of administration physically and verbally assaulted them. However, according to them, this did not happen regularly.

Besides, prisoners placed in the cell of quarantine do not have right to apply their right to take walk and use bathroom. They are not given linens and items to keep hygiene. In most cases, they use common vessels. The representatives of the Ombudsman also visited Geguti #14 department where none of the prisoners expressed complaint regarding the treatment from the side of the employees. According to the prisoners, their main problem is that they can’t send complaints and requests from the department. As for the relations with the administration, according to the convicts, the director of the department regularly visits them, talks to them and tries to help within his competence. No prisoner was placed in the punishment cells or quarantine cells during the monitoring.

The Aversi pharmacy was opened in the #14 Geguti and #2 Kutaisi departments. One pharmacist works in both pharmacies – for three days in Kutaisi and two days in Geguti.

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Keti Bekauri: Tsalenjikha police chief burnt 20 cigarettes in underarm of the prisoner Arkania

Monday, 13 February 2012 12:01

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The advocate and human rights protector, Keti Bekauri talked about recent facts of human rights violation and other important events with “Georgia and World”.

_ Qalbatono Keti, Saakashvili had been having official meetings in Washington during the last few days. In almost all his speeches he underlined the high speed of democratic processes in Georgia, protection of human rights as a result of reforms executed by the authorities, etc. How realistic all these statements are, and in your opinion, how American diplomats perceive these statements?

_ The fact that Mikheil Saakashvili moves from one country to another together with his “National retinue” and meets with the first persons in order to please them with democracy flourishing in our country, does not mean that his business in doing well. On the contrary, this is indicative of the fact that the authorities are in hysteria and they have no other option but to stagger from one foreign diplomat to another. As you are aware, parliamentary elections will be held soon and they will be followed by the presidential elections and they just want to maintain levers. Otherwise, Saakashvili knows well that he will have no other chance. Therefore, it is natural that he shall constantly state that humans rights are protected in the country, democracy is being developed, corruption has been eradicated, etc. In reality, we all know that he does not care about what is going on in the country and what all of these lead us to.

As for your question, how all of these are looked at by American and western diplomats in general, we can say without exaggeration that today this regime is so stripped in eyes of the world, it is so obvious that it is excluded to have democratic processes developed in the country under conditions of their existence, that does not matter how often Saakashvili will repeat from high tribunes that he is protecting fundamental values recognized by the Constitution and therefore, shall be adopted in NATO, he will not be able to deceive either America, or the European Union. This is realized by Saakashvili himself and, therefore, the authorities is in such hysteria, but this is not the way out. On the contrary, this is exactly hysterics that will result in the political death of these authorities and we will get convinced in this very soon…

_ Specifically, what makes you think that the authorities are in hysteria?

_ Let’s start from things that do not tell us this. When a person says that Anaklian should become the main city of the Black Sea within ten years, this person is in hysteria, isn’t he? We have listened to so many foolish statements. By the way, Vano Merabishvili opened a police building in Guria not long time ago and told children that they will come to this place. He really said truth – as soon as they commit a crime, they will really get to that place. What else Merabishvili could mean, since no one goes to the police on excursions, as you know!..

_ Do not you have impression that the authorities do all of these within a pre-election campaign? Maybe part of the process is opening of two or three police buildings or hospitals in one day by Saakashvili …

_ Of course, no one has a doubt that all of these is a part of PR campaign, but PR itself should have certain form and limits. How can they call everything their victory?! Recently, one of my colleagues was telling me, that several days ago, when Saakashvili opened a hospital in Lagodekhi, some retired sick person was transferred from Gurjaani quickly and put in the hospital cell. That person begged to let him alone since he felt well. But no one listened to him. May be this method worked before but now they cannot deceive people with such a cheap PR. This country is very small, everyone knows each other, so does not matter how intensively the propaganda of the authorities will work, it is impossible to conceal what is known to everyone and written in black in white…

_ You said in the beginning that Saakashvili will not be able to deceive either the United States or the European Union. This means that he already does not have support from the West and, if so, what the authorities rely on today?

_ Saakashvili’s only backbone is those lobbyist companies, which are paid millions from our pockets in order to make his PR on international arena. As for Europe and the United States, these authorities have not received any positive word from them for a long time. Barak Obama said quite clearly that Georgia shall have a real democratic elections that means that the times when elections were falsified and then their results were approved by America have gone; i.e. we can say that Saakashvili’s days are counted , his political career comes to the end and, if someone feels this today, this is Saakashvili…

_ Let’s go back to the facts of human rights violations. As per statistical data, the heaviest situation from this prospective is in prisons. Are you aware of any specific case of beating the prisoner and treating him inhumanly?

_ One newspaper interview will not be enough only for listing names and last names of those prisoners who constantly experience physical and psychological influence. Just remember George Okropiridze’s case. These people was put under such condition by the prison administration, that he was found in the hospital and imagine, he experienced physical influence even there. This happened in No.18 medical institution which is known as prisoner’s slaughter-house. A mentally ill prisoner Tariel Sakvarelidze was also beaten and tortured there. There are numerous such facts…

You probably heard of such prisoner, Rezo Khardziani, who was wiped up for putting a claim in Strasburg. For the same reason a disabled prisoner Ilo Mukbaniani was beaten.

What is the most horrifying and alarming is that all of these is personally managed by Vazha Tskhvediani, the director of no.18 medical institution. By the way, this person is Bacho Akhalaia’s closest friend and like others, he will probably be moved to the Ministry of Defense, like others…

_ Was there any case of physical or other type of pressure toward a person under your defense?

_ At present I defend the prisoner Lasha Arkhania, who is beaten and tortured so much that cannot even talk normally. This person is Malkhaz Arkania’s brother-in-law, who was almost raped in no.4 Zugdidi prison. By the way, Megi Kardava was also involved in this case…

Lasha Arkania was detained on July 14, 2010 year and before he was taken to the police department, the chief of Tsalenjokha police Soso Abashidze burn a cigarette in his underarm. He was put in an isolator under such physical pressure that I really do not know how this person survived. Such facts are numerous and there are even worse cases, but the authorities keep everything in secret. Accordingly, for us, law enforcers, it is not finally clear what happens in prisons in reality; on their side, prisoners are so frightened, that they do not even raise their voice…

_ Have you applied to any relevant agency to react regarding this specific case?

_ I have applied to all agencies and organizations and finally I even wrote a letter to Zurab Adeishvili, but without any result. There were no investigations initiated and even these beaten prisoners were not recognized as victims. For example, in Lasga Arkania’s case, seven persons were named who participated in torture but none of them became answerable. On the contrary, these people were promoted and appointed on high positions…

When the authorities will get changed, shall all officials, including judges and prosecutors become answerable for those illegal sentences you mentioned?

_ When the times come, i.e. a normal authorities will come into power and when we will have a fair court, they should identify each prosecutor, judge, investigator or other officials which are slaves of these authorities and judge them.

Statistically, every fifth family has a prisoner in Georgia today. If we count by percentage, 99 out of each 100 court decisions are unfair, there are about 10-15 prisoners per 2 square meters of prison and all of these are due to these people. Proceeding from this, I think that we shall not talk about whether these people should be punished or not. It is obvious that each of them shall be punished, since otherwise, it is impossible to establish an order in the country. I personally say loudly that I fight against everyone and will always remain enemy of all those officials who violate human rights. I would like to repeat, this concerns everyone, starting from an ordinary servant and finished with high level officials of this regime. Heavy crimes committed by them are well known to a broad society …

Interviwed by Jaba Zhvania

lali afciauriLali Aptsiauri, a lawyer, was interviewed by Georgia and World about the situation in Georgian penitentiary system.

Each prisoner becomes a victim of torture and inhuman treatment in Georgian penitentiary system. Many prisoners died during the last years as a result of brutality demonstrated by the employees of Georgian penitentiary system. Ucha Godeladze, one of the deceased prisoners, was brutally tortured and killed. The fact of Godeladze’s torture is acknowledged even by the state  forensics. The expert working on the issue, concluded that the prisoner had a hematoma in the head that was the result of a strike with a blunt item. Prisoners are tortured with special electric device in the prisons. The traces of such tortures can be well-observed on the photos of Godeladze – a deceased prisoner. The Georgians, residing in Austria, provided the photos. Kakha Tedliashvili, a prisoner, was found hung with bandage. However, it turned out that he should not have had bandage in the ward since he did not have any wounds on the body. There have been many prisoners found hung in the prisons who, based on the statements made by the prisons’ administrations, committed suicide.

Gaioz Zviadadze was severely tortured on the day of his extradition from Russia. When I met him he was so tortured that he could not sit on the chair, and could not balance himself. Academician Vladimer Vakhania was punished by the Government because of his political activity. He was poisoned and brought to the Zugdidi Prison. I saw him personally and his condition was very bad.

Absolutely all rights of prisoners are being violated. Medicines aimed at reducing potential are put in their food. Prisoners say that they find non-dissolved pills in their food. Hence, they do not drink tea and try not to eat the food provided by the prison administration. Extreme cruelty exists in Georgian prisons. Prisoners are often raped. Many of them leave prisons as invalids.

We know that generally there have been cases when there are no traces of torture left on the bodies of tortured prisoners.  Are such methods applied in Georgian prisons?

There are a lot of such methods. However, the methods were used at the earlier phase, when the employees of penitentiary facilities were afraid that traces might have been revealed. Presently, they are not applying the above methods since they do not need then: nobody punishes those who torture the prisoners. Have the killers of Ucha Godeladze or Kakha Tedliashvili been punished? We have learned about the death of two more prisoners this week. There are traces of torture on their bodies as well.

I have the conclusion of forensic examination of all tortured and beaten prisoners that proves the conditions in the present penitentiary system. However, despite the fact that we, human rights defenders, talk so much about the facts, appeal to the Attorney’s office to start investigation not even a single person has been punished so far.

The 2010 report of the Public Defender states that investigation of  the facts of tortures, inhuman and infringing human dignity treatments in the penitentiary system conducted by the Attorney’s office has declarative character, and often ends with closing the cases or just dragging time…

Saakashvili is focused on PR. Saakashvili needs Public Defender only to demonstrate and pretend that he is a democrat. That’s why independent media, NGOs exist. Otherwise, we would all have been in prisons.

Some of the human rights defenders think that introduction of a 24-hour monitoring in prisons would be an efficient tool. Do you think it could be a good way for changing the existing situation?

I do not think that introduction of a 24-hour monitoring in prisons can change anything as it would be impossible to allow so many people to enter the prisons to monitor 45 000 prisoners. I think the problem is that NGOs act separately, we do not demonstrate solidarity, and we do not use joint efforts to stop the violence. Probably someday we should all state that we are starting our activities to defend the rights of the prisoners. Their friends, relatives, family members should also join us. Each of the 45 000 prisoners should have at least one close person. Everybody should come out and express their protest against what is going on the prisons. Why are not they doing that? What are they afraid of? The government will not concede if it does not see the strength.

You, the lawyers are holding the protests of solidarity, aren’t you?

It is not sufficient. There are 3 500 lawyers in the country, and only 150 attended the meeting that day. However, everybody knows quite well what is going on in the country.

Lawyers organized their meetings at the buildings of CoE and EU in August. You often refer to international human rights defenders.  Are your actions followed by relevant results?

Yes, the result was that they said they were upset and filled with indignation. That is a standard diplomatic reply. I think we tired foreigners as well. They see that we are not fighting to defend our rights; nobody will do our job for us.

Force can be stopped by force. Our government has become bolder because they know we are passive, we are scared, or do not bother ourselves because of others’ troubles. We can watch with indifference when somebody’s child is tortured or killed. This has been well realized by Saakashvili and his criminal gang.

Khatuna  Kalmakhelidze, the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance presented a new project envisaging the establishment of waiting-rooms in penitentiary facilities. What can the initiation change?

Does Kalmakhelidze believe that if she builds public waiting-rooms the prisoners will not be tortured? Where is the logic? In addition to the fact that much is written about the cases of torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners in prisons, I have seen on TV the journalist asking a question to the Minister about the tortured prisoners, but I have never heard her answer. She, like Saakashvili and the whole Parliament, knows quite well what is happening in penitentiary  system.  .

However, the Government, when it came to power, often declared that the reform of penitentiary system was a priority issue.

Such declarations are needed for PR purposes, only.  True, new buildings have been constructed, but they would not have been built if the government had not had the chance to launder money. All newly built prisons got destroyed within a month period. Walls in all prisons cracked and door handles came off within a month. Saakashvili could not care less about the conditions of the prisoners. What is important to him is to show-off in front of foreigners arriving in Georgia. I have UN status of a defender of prisoners’ rights, and I have seen almost all prisons in the world. Our prisons cannot be compared to the US or European prisons. It is well demonstrated by the results achieved in Strasbourg whether Georgian court is the reformed European court or not.

It is noteworthy that special pressure is issued on the prisoners whose property interests come into conflict with the interests of a high officials. A number of such cases are well-known for our public, namely Nugzar Bochorishvili’s case, allegedly being involved in drug transit.

The meeting of Georgian lawyers was held to declare solidarity to Tariel Murmanishvili, our colleague who won a two-million case for his client. The case clearly demonstrates the interests of Romanoz Bzhalava, MP. They did not want the lawyer to receive his fee. Here is the conclusion, if a lawyer gets high fee, he should divide it with the Government, or he would be arrested.

Interests of MPs, Ministers, or persons close to them can be clearly observed in all criminal cases. If somebody turns out to have more than GEO 20 000 income the Government will not leave it without attention. The people get under state control; the state fabricates a lot of dirty stories about those people, and finally they get arrested. The Government controls the condition of each family as they get the information from the condominium chairs.  The information is used to persecute, detain people, and extort money. Later they can be released.

The interests of the Government can be noticed in the cases of all businessmen, for example the case of Israeli businessmen.

How will the arrest of Ron Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel be reflected on Georgia-Israel relationships? It is interesting as the information gets spread that they are being treated bad.

Personally I, as soon as I received the information how they were treated in prison, took the liberty and apologized for what our Government has done to Israeli people. I have told them that Georgians are different and I am ashamed of my Government. The Israeli businessmen are in very tough conditions. As Archil Kbilashvili, their lawyer stated, when they were transferred from prison 8 to Kutaisi prison, they were not allowed to take even their medicines.

You also protect the rights of Giorgi Demetradze. The information was spread that he was under pressure, and he was planning to commit suicide. What can you say about his conditions presently?

I do confirm that the above is true, he was under terrible conditions. The situation has improved after my visit as my protest in terms of his conditions was very clearly articulated.

Unfortunately, nobody uttered even a word except for Kakha Kaladze to defend Giorgi. Georgian footballers could not find enough braveness to, at least, find out whether Demetradze committed a crime or not. It is surprising because I know he had a lot of friends. I am planning to compile excerptions from the judgment made on his case, and disseminate as leaflets. I will go to the stadium when a football match is held there and disseminate the leaflets. Georgian people should know the truth, and let them made their own judgment.

Shorena Tsivkarashvili

 

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Lali AptsiauriThe advocate and human rights protector, Lali Aptsiauri talked with “Georgia and World” about recent situation existing in prisons and with regard to human rights protection.

_ Qalbatono Lali, Georgia is one of the 90 countries which is covered in one the Chapters of the Report prepared by Human Rights Watch in 2012 year. This chapter clearly states that the situation with regard to human rights protection has not changed during the last year. In your opinion, how important this document is for us?

_ Let’s start from the fact that Human Rights Watch is one of the most influential human rights organizations in the world and any document prepared by this organization draws a wide response internationally, but when we talk about importance, we should come out of the result. In our case I heard comments made by representatives of the authorities and they made such a ridiculous assessments, that I can say directly, that we cannot expect any results. Therefore, it is obvious that submission of such document is very positive, but, on the other hand, no one should have any expectation that the authorities will analyze what is written in this report and change anything with this regard. This tendency is not tangible. On the contrary, as time goes, our criminal policy becomes more and more similar to the system characteristic to typical regime and, if this was tangible for only part of the population before, now this has become tangible in all fields, that the society, ordinary people handle with…

_ So, at the end, this report does not mean anything to us?

_ It depends, from which prospective: in terms of result, this document is only a piece of paper, since we have seen many similar documents without any tangible result.

_ The data published by the International Corrections and Prisons Association two weeks ago were also grave for us – we are on the first place in Europe by number of prisoners. Don’t you think, that we are mentioned in a negative context on international area more and more frequently?

_ Unfortunately, this is a reality and no matter how much we talk about being on the way of establishing a democratic country, we will not be looked at as a civilized nation by rest of the world for a long time. Imagine, after “The Rose Revolution” the number of verdict of no guilty has come down to 0.2% and they call verdict of no guilty when they lighten a sentence, i.e. according to their logic and legislation, the complete verdict of no guilty does not exist in nature. We can say without exaggeration that such situation was not in Georgia at any times. Even in 1937 year, when there were repressions all over the Soviet Union, such things did not happen. You may get surprised but back then the rate of verdict of no guilty made up 9%.

As for a number of prisoners, as per official data, there are up to 25 000 prisoners in Georgia and the same number is mentioned in the document published by International Corrections and Prisons Association, but let’s just use a simple logic: there are 18 active prisons in the whole country and all 18 of them are so overloaded that prisoners sleep by turns. Based on this we can assume that there are at least 2500 prisoners in each prison. Now you can multiply this number by 18 and you will see that there are at least 40-45 thousand prisoners today in Georgia. Do you know what this means? This means that we should be not on the first place as per the number of prisoners, but shall be included in a Book of Guinness. This shall be recognized as unique case, precedence, similar to which is not known to the civilized world. This is a reality that we face and no one should be surprised that international organizations constantly criticize us, they even do not have a complete picture about what is happening here in reality, otherwise you would receive more critics and negative assessments.

_ Human rights protectors constantly talk about inhuman treatment of prisoners, although often they refrain from mentioning their names. Do you know any specific case, when the prisoner was tortured or put under different type of pressure?

_ At least 80-90 per cent of prisoners find themselves under unbearable conditions right after imprisonment and this environment is so insulting, inhuman that it is hard to explain in words. Imagine that they are placed in quarantine for ten days. There is no bed, washing-stand, tooth brush and other necessary items in there. Besides, if someone laughs loudly or switches on a radio, an escort would get in and smash everything. There are lots of such facts and there was a case when a prisoner was beaten cruelly because he was whispering with the other prisoner and the convoy did not hear this well.

As for the specific fact, I can remember one of the most horrifying cases, when the prisoner Ucha Godeladze was beaten to death in Gldani No.7 jail. This person was detained in Batumi in September, 2010, the court proceedings were held on September 18 and the same day he was transferred to Tbilisi. The next day, i.e. on the 19th of September he was put in Gudushauri Hospital and died in unconcious condition within several hours.

We have a conclusion and photo materials of an independent expert. They evidence injuries and signs of torture over his body. Besides, no one has got interested in this case till today, while it would have been very easy to identify those people who was directly involved in torture of the prisoner.

_ Are there any similar cases among your defendants?

_ There have been many cases and I publicized all of them. Recently, Gaioz Zviadadze, one of my prisoners was beaten in Gldani No.7 prison, and believe or not that the person was in such condition that could not even talk to me. Each prisoner is put under the same condition and I have said many times that these people need special attention today. The majority of the society does not know what is going on in prisons in reality. Therefore, it is necessary that the prisoners will become more active. Their families should not keep silence, this will not bring any result. On the contrary, the silence is an encouragement for the authorities and unfortunately, we reap its results in face of thousands of prisoners, who no one knows whether will stay alive.

_ The majority of advocates refrain from naming those prisoners who are tortured and treated inhumanly. The reason being the possible problems that may be created for a prisoner.

_ The first thing is that I tell prisoners who are under my defense is that in case if they deny to publicize the fact of torture and inhuman treatment exercised against them, I will not defend them anymore. This is my principle since I believe that all those advocates or human rights protectors who do not publicize such facts in order to ensure security of the prisoner, willy-nilly take part in this.

I mentioned in the beginning and would like to repeat again that due to conciliatory attitude on the side of the society the image of Georgia on international arena has been abased significantly. Believe or not, when I arrive to Europe and tell a taxi driver that I am Georgian, the first thing he does, he puts a tie in his mouth and grimaces. This is how stained our name is in the whole world. So, no one will look at us seriously within at least the following 50 years and I think that in such country the human rights protector has no right to keep silence.

Interviewed by Jaba Zhvania