Ombudsman`s representative comments on situations in prisons
The office of the Public Defender of Georgia says the situation has improved in Georgian jails after the patrol police substituted local security officers and guards. The head of the prevention and monitoring department of the office of the ombudsman, Natia Imnadze says the last few days` monitoring has not revealed any fact of violence, but she also confirmed that several inmates have gone on hunger strike. Natia Imnadze has also reported that the new mattresses have been sent to the prisons already, which was one of the main demands of the inmates. Public Defender`s office has been monitoring situation in prisons since the video footage of the prisoners` torture and abuse were released on televisions. President ordered to conduct intensive monitoring by NGOs, ombudsman; Saakashvili also ordered to let the relatives of the prisoners meet them after undergoing registration in the prison receptions. The dates are still underway.
Nine persons have been arrested within the investigation launched after finding the scandalous videos of human torture and sexual abuse. The videos were along weapons and drugs in a secret store in Samegrelo last week.
Transparency International Georgia NGO has released a special statement regarding the decision of the Georgian judiciary to free the author of the prisoners` torture videos Vladimer Bedukadze from criminal responsibility completely.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili is meeting with foreign diplomats in order to introduce the details of the video archive, which includes the footage of the human torture and sexual abuse.
Brother of Mikael Kadiyev, Ramzan Kadiyev says his brother was offered a deal in custody. In the interview with a Georgian newspaper Kvela Siakhle, Ramzan Kadiyev spoke about the details of the offer. Mikael Kadiyev was arrested for preparing a terror attack in Georgia and afterwards was charged with illegal keeping of arms.