2013-12-26Discontent about Alleged Past Conviction of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia
On December 23, Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava stated at the special briefing in the office of the United National Movement that Chief Prosecutor of Georgia Otar Partskhaladze was convicted for robbery in Germany.
2013-12-26Adjara Prosecutor Annulled Meeting Day
New prosecutor of Adjara Autonomous Republic Shota Tkeshelashvili annulled the meeting day with citizens. Lawyers and journalists complain about closed prosecutor’s office. Nobody clarified why the days for meeting with prosecutor was annulled and why prosecutors do not answer questions of media.
2013-12-18Court Orders MP to Pay GEL 50,000 in Slander Lawsuit
The Tbilisi City Court has ordered a lawmaker from UNM parliamentary minority group, Giorgi Vashadze, to pay GEL 50,000 (about USD 29,700) to Joseph Kay for calling him a “swindler”.
2013-12-18Merabishvili Accuses Chief Prosecutor of Threatening Him
Former interior minister and ex-PM Vano Merabishvili, who is in pre-trial detention, said at a court hearing in Kutaisi on Tuesday that chief prosecutor, Otar Partskhaladze, told him to help solve the case of death of PM Zurab Zhvania otherwise threatened with deterioration of his condition in prison and with the arrest of his friends and relatives.
2013-12-18Press-Conference of Human Rights Center on the Problems of Political Prisoners Arrested in Kintsvisi on May 26, 2011
On December 19, at 11:30 am Human Rights Center is holding press-conference on the problems of the former political prisoners, convicted for the so-called Kintsvisi Case, in the Prime Time Press Club.
2013-12-16Press-Conference on the Problems of Political Prisoners Arrested in Kintsvisi
On December 13, Human Rights Center’s representatives held press-conference on the problems of people convicted for the so-called Kintsvisi Case in the past. The Center’s representatives said current government does not try to investigate facts of torture and inhuman treatment in the prisons during previous years and does not intend to review hundreds of cases, on which court had passed illegal judgments.
2013-12-13Progress, Shortcomings Reviewed on Human Rights Day
On the International Human Rights Day, December 10, Public Defender and some rights groups highlighted main trends in Georgia’s human rights protection over the past one year, noting progress, but also pointing at problems and challenges.
2013-12-11Human Rights and Freedoms Situation in Georgia in 2013
On December 10, 2013, Public Defender presented a report on Human Rights and Freedoms in Georgia. The given report represents the initiative of the Public Defender of Georgia to summarize human rights and freedoms situation in the country annually, by December 10.
2013-12-09Recommendations of Human Rights Center on Early Release of Prisoners or Facilitation of Punishments
Human Rights Center welcomes amendments introduced to the Decree # 151 of the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance issued of October 28, 2010 on “Approval Typical Provision for the Number of Local Councils, Territorial Discussion and Local Councils of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance”, which aimed to promote re-socialization of convicted people and protection of public security.
2013-12-09Meeting between the Representatives of Human Rights Center and Medical Unit of the Penitentiary Establishment
On December 4, representatives of the Human Rights Center met senior officials of the Medical Unit at the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance. During the meeting, lawyers of the Human Rights Center updated the ministry’s representatives with the detailed information about the problems of their clients.
2013-12-05Appeal Court Acquitted Bachana Akhalaia
The Appeal Court upheld the non-guilty verdict of the City Court on former defense and interior minister Bachana Akhalaia, but former commander of the fourth infantry brigade Zurab Shamatava and Sergeant Aleksandre Gorgadze were sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years and 9 months. Despite the judgment, Akhalaia is still in prison because he was sentenced to pre-trial detention for the fourth criminal case.
2013-12-04Vano Merabishvili Left Court Hearing In Protest
Former Prime-Minister Vano Merabishvili left courtroom in protest during the discussion of his case at the Tbilisi City Court. Judge Ketevan Jachvadze dismissed some of Merabishvili’s supporters from the courtroom for breaching the order that was protested by the defendant and then he left the session.
2013-11-28Hearing on Case of Former Defense Minister Bachana Akhalaia Ended in Appeal Court
Hearing on case of Bachana Akhalaia ended in Tbilisi Appeal Court. Panel of judges heard the final words of individuals acquitted by the first instance court. The Appeal Court will announce verdict on December 4th.
2013-11-26Strasbourg Court Recommends Ministry of Justice To Repeatedly Discuss Jemal Tsiklauri’s Case
After the government changed in Georgia, Strasbourg Court recommended the Ministry of Justice to re-investigate the case Jemal Tsiklauri vs Georgia. The applicant blames the senior officials of the previous government – ex-defense minister Irakli Okruashvili and Shida Kartli region former governor Mikheil Kareli in seizing his property.
2013-11-22Appeal Court to Finish Discussion of Bacho Akhalaia’s Case
Discussion of Bacho Akhalaia’s case is approaching to the end at the Tbilisi Appeal Court. At the next trial judge will hear final statements of the former accused people and then the court will pass verdict. The prosecutor appealed August 1 non-guilty verdict of the Tbilisi City Court on Bacho Akhalaia and other co-defendants’ case.
2013-11-22What Is Wrong in Kutaisi Prison? GCRT Published Survey Results
“Insufficient medical service, psychical and psychic problems, inhuman treatment from medical personnel, dozen inmates are sick with Hepatitis C and Diabetis,” Georgian Center for Psycho-Social and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT) published results of the survey carried out in Kutaisi Prison # 2.
2013-11-21Human Rights Center’s Report as Evidence at the Trial on Merabishvili’s Case
Human Rights Center’s Report on May 26, 2011 events is considered as evidence at the trial on the criminal case against Vano Merabishvili. The prosecutor announced the list of obtained evidence at the trial on November 19.
2013-11-20Court Passed Non-Guilty Verdict on Nika Gvaramia and Aleksandre Khetaguri
On November 14, Tbilisi City Court finished discussion of the cases on Nika Gvaramia, director general of Rustavi 2 and co-defendants in the same case. Judge Besik Bugianishvili passed non-guilty verdict on them and found the defendants innocent in all accusations.
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