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Human Rights Center Calls on the Georgian Authorities to Take Effective Steps to Investigate the Case of Soso Osorauli

26.01.2018

 
Today, on January 26, in the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi, Human Rights Center held press-conference with regard to the case of pilot Soso Osorauli, who is captured in Congo. During the press-conference, his brother Giorgi Osorauli answered the questions of the journalists via online connection.

Human Rights Center is alarmed with the dragged out investigation into the case of pilot Soso Osorauli, who was captured in the Republic of Congo last year. Tomorrow, it will be one year since Soso Osorauli was captured in Congo. All this time, his family has been unaware what concrete activities were carried out by the Georgian state to free and bring the captured pilot back to homeland. In May 2017, based on unverified information, representatives of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia declared that Soso Osorauli had passed away but since then the family several times received information that the pilot is alive. 

There is no official document which can prove that Soso Osorauli has passed away. Despite that, the Foreign Ministry of Georgia has stopped looking for the man and assigned the case to the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia for further investigation.

Human Rights Center provides Giorgi Osorauli, the brother of Soso Osorauli, with legal aid, who based on different sources claims that his brother is alive. 

Human Rights Center several times addressed the Chief Prosecutor’s Office to allow the family to learn the case materials but the prosecutor’s office has not responded to the organization yet. The prosecutor’s office has not granted victim status to the family of Osorauli.

In accordance to the Article 13 of the Constitution of Georgia, the state shall protect its citizens regardless of their whereabouts. In accordance to the Article 4 of the Organic Law of Georgia on Georgian Citizenship, Georgia shall protect the rights, freedoms, and legitimate interests of Georgian citizens, both within and outside the territory of Georgia.

Georgian state shall take all measures to estimate the whereabouts of Soso Osorauli and protect his life. 

Human Rights Center 

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