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2009-01-08
Head of Police Threatens Journalists
Soso Martashvili, the head of Gurjaani Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA), terrorizes Kakheti regional journalists for covering illegal arrest of sportsmen. The police authority warned the journalists unless they stop working on the sportsmen’s case, drugs might be planted not only on them (journalists) but also on their family members.

2009-01-08
Population Abandons Mountainous and Border Villages
Residents of the village of Erisimedi in Sighnaghi district has been using river water for drinking for six months already. Several families from Ilto Valley, who were damaged by natural disaster, are still homeless. If the river floods, locals cannot get in touch with district center because in 2005 the landslide destroyed the road. Village of Cheremi in Gurjaani district has not been supplied with electricity for 16 years. Because of extremely damaged road population has been separated from the world quite often. Officials promised to resolve their problems several times; but it mostly happened before elections. Large amounts are spent from local or central budget but because of unbearable conditions the population abandons the villages.

2009-01-08
Invisible Witnesses and Blind Temida
Georgian Supreme Court passed final verdict on Guram Sharadze’s [former MP] murder. The court did not satisfy the cassation appeal of the attorneys. It happened on November 14 2008. Maia Oshkhareli, chairperson of the court, judges Davit Sulakvelidze and Iuri Tkeshelashvili estimated that assassination of Guram Sharadze “was not important case for the development and establishment of single judiciary practice”. Attorneys of Guram Sharadze’s family are preparing appeal to Strasbourg Court. Before the Supreme Court, district and appeal courts were discussing the murder case.

2009-01-06
Railway Station for Policemen and Thieves
Bail of 100 Thousand GEL for Having Bought Stolen Mobile Phone

Giorgi Jikuri, an accused student was allowed out on a 100 000 GEL bail for having purchased a mobile phone that cost just 300 GEL, as imposed by the Tbilisi City Court. The case is rather strange in its essence but not unprecedented. The court has passed similar verdicts in several other cases. In this particular case, student Giorgi Jikuri was imposed with that bail in May of 2007. It happened in Tbilisi, at reformed court. Soon it was found out that police had detained some eight more people with the same charge and each of them had to pay 100 000 GEL.
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