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The Strasburg Court Holds the State of Georgia Responsible to Pay 25 000 EURO to the Applicant

06.02.2020

 
The European Court of Human Rights held there has been a violation of the procedural aspect of Article 2 of the Convention – Right to Life (procedural part) over the case Sakvarelidze vs Georgia. The respondent state is held responsible to pay 25 000 EURO in respect of non-pecuniary damage to the applicant. The information about the ECtHR ruling was published on February 6, 2020.

With the legal advocacy of Human Rights Center, Mariam Sakvarelidze appealed the Strasbourg Court in 2010. The main claim of the applicant was to effectively investigate the car accident between the armored vehicle of the Ministry of Security and a car, which killed Davit Sakvarelidze and Eter Tsuliashvili on November 22, 2003.   

On November 22, 2003, special armored vehicle GTR # 004, owned by Special Operation Center of the State Security Ministry of Georgia, was driving from Rustavi towards Tbilisi. The driver was Avtandil Mamaladze. At about 18:25 pm, in Gorgasali Street, the GTR crashed a motorcar BMW, which was driven by Davit Sakvarelidze.

Passenger Eter Tsuliashvili died when delivered to the hospital. Davit Sakvarelidze was placed in Tbilisi Hospital # 1, where he deceased on November 24, 2003. Children sitting in the car – S. Ts. and B. Ts, were also injured.

On November 23, 2003 Tbilisi Investigative Unit of the Georgian MIA launched criminal case # 1003544 on the car-accident under Article 276 part V of the Criminal Code of Georgia. 

Despite the significant violations observed during preliminary investigation, Mariam Sakvarelidze has not stopped struggle for the truth during past 17 years. After having applied to all instances of the national courts, Mariam Sakvarelidze applied to the European Court of Human Rights with the support of Human Rights Center.

Human Rights Center believed that the investigation was artificially dragged out though alleged perpetrators were identified in the criminal case. During ten years, HRC several times requested the punishment of the perpetrators but during the governance of the United National Movement were not interested to investigate the case not to harm the reputation of the 2003 Bloodless Revolution. 

10 years later, the ECtHR held there has been a violation of the procedural aspect of Article 2 of the Convention – Right to Life (procedural part) over the case Sakvarelidze vs Georgia. The respondent state is held responsible to pay 25 000 EURO in respect of non-pecuniary damage to the applicant.

Human Rights Center 

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