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2009-03-31
Sergeant Shavadze VS Government

Sergeant Roin Shavadze was killed on August 16, 2008. The Nine-month period of preliminary investigation expires in a month before the court proceeding. Lawyer Ramin Papidze thinks that the investigation on the killing will not succeed during current government. We tried to find the connection between the committed crime and Georgian authority. If there are no links between the two, why does not the investigation move to the court; why and who is hindering the court from involving itself in the investigation and why.

2009-03-25
Georgian Dancers Were Kept in Isolator for 35 Hours in the Ukraine
Several days ago, in the Ukraine, members of the State Choreographic Ensemble “Gurjaani” were detained at the Custom-House at Mostinska Railway Station. The dancers were travelling to Polish city of Kotovitsa under official invitation of Polish Firm “Kolumbo”. Ukrainian custom officials detained the members of the ensemble for 35 hours; six members of the group were underage children. The dancers were arbitrarily detained and were not allowed to leave the isolator. According to the dancers, Ukrainian law enforcers called them bandits and threatened with liquidation if they did not obey their demands.

2009-03-25
STATEMENT
Last night nine members of Nino Burjanadze’s party “Democratic Movement for United Georgia” were arrested. Reportedly, Zura Avaliani, Nugzar Gogrichidze and Dato Gogrichidze were arrested in Batumi; Vakho Narsia, Mamuka Shengelia, Vakho Tushmalashvili, Roin Bughashvili, Giorgi Bolashvili (born in 1981) and Giorgi Borashvili were arrested in Tbilisi.

2009-03-23
People Are Arrested on Political Grounds in Batumi
Zurab Avaliani, chairperson of Adjara office of the Nino Burjanadze’s political party “Democratic Movement for the United Georgia” and two activists were arrested in Batumi. The lawyer was not allowed to attend the search. Law enforcers do not comment on the fact.

2009-03-19
One More Method of Oppression on Businessmen
Oppression on businessmen still continues. Since businessman Zurab Monaselidze opposed large investment company his petrol station was closed. He claims that officials are interested in this situation. Although the businessman has all documents in order, the petro-station has been sealed from March, 2007. The Human Rights Center has held press-conference regarding the fact.

2009-03-19
Political Controversy Has Started in Samegrelo Region
Vladimer Vakhania, Russia based Georgian businessman, was arrested in Zugdidi after 8-year political persecution. On March 15, special unit of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regional police department conducted special operation at 11:00 pm when Vakhania was in his house alone. As a result of the search automatic gun and two handheld shells were withdrawn from his house.

2009-03-17
Crime Admitted By Different Person
Will the court consider the testimony of the prisoner Shota Sakvarelidze who pleads the crime for what suspect Irakli Kalandadze is accused for?

Irakli Kalandadze, a resident of Batumi, is accused for the crime which is pleaded by another person. He is also charged for illegal storage of narcotics and illegal wearing of gun. The attorney of the detainee stated that investigation promises to discharge him from other accusations if he pleads wounding of Chakhvadze. However, Kalandadze does not plead guilty

2009-03-11
Criminal or Political Prisoner
51-year-old Anzor Mezvrishvili, a resident of the village of Garejvari in Gori district, was arrested when he sheltered Tbilisi Public School # 165 during the war operations in August, 2008. According to the decision of Tbilisi City Court, policemen from division # 5 of the Old Tbilisi Department within the Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested Mezvrishvili in Janashia Street in Tbilisi. The law enforcers discovered white-brownish powder on him. Trials on Mezvrishvili still continue and he is charged under Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (illegal storage, purchase and transportation of narcotics).

2009-03-10
What Is Yours Is Mine, Or How to Seize Strange Property
Today, private property owners unsuccessfully tried to protect their properties from the predatory plans of the government. These people are shareholders, private persons and legal entities; the seized property had been their own for many years. Our investigation will expose one script of the Government written for the court – how to seize the property of people?

2009-03-06
Georgian Judiciary System under Influence of Political Narcotic?!
Merab Ratishvili is known among Georgian society as a political prisoner; however two instances of Georgian court found him guilty for drug-addiction and illegal storage of narcotics. He often appeals and urges Georgian society to resist cruel judiciary system. He considers that on July 15, 2008 Tbilisi City Court sentenced him to 9-year-imprisonment because of his political activities. He is not very much looking forward to the verdict of Supreme Court as he knows the decision of previous instance will not be changed. Consequently, one more suit will be submitted to the European Court in Strasbourg since there is no fair trial in Georgia.

2009-03-05
HRIDC Report on Khurcha Incident – Factual Event or Machiavellian Conspiracy?

The 2008 Khurcha incident refers to the attack on buses in the Georgian village of Khurcha, near the ceasefire line with the internationally unrecognized breakaway region Republic of Abkhazia that has recently been recognized by the Russian Federation. The attack took place on Parliamentary Election Day May 21 2008 injuring 3 people.

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