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.
West Georgia`s District Prosecutor`s Office has arrested the secretary general of the United National movement Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili.
Prime Minister of Georgia has commented on the detention of UNM secretary general Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili by the West Georgia district prosecutor`s office. Bidzina Ivanishvili says no assertions should be made about the guilt of anybody until the court is held.
U.S. Department of State has made official assessment of the derail of May 17 LGBT rally in Tbilisi. Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell answered the question of the journalist at a daily briefing yesterday.
MP from the United National Movement Chiora Taktakishvili walked out of the sitting of the Human Rights Committee of the parliament after the detention of the UNM secretary general Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili.
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Non-parliamentary opposition parties call on the government to provide unbiased investigation of the violence that took place on Rustaveli Avenue on May 17, where the rally of the LGBT supporters were derailed by the participants of the counter-demonstration.
Secretary General of the United National Movement of Georgia Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili have been summoned to the office of the Imereti regional prosecutor`s office for interrogation.
Former governor of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region, businessman Tsezar Chocheli accuses the advisor to the Prime Minister, of slander. The businessman said the assertion of PM`s advisor that he privatized the slipper factory illegally, is just a lie.