Patrol police officers have left prisons and the situation is completely controlled by the penitentiary department currently. Police officers were sent to prisons after the release of the prisoners` torture videos on televisions. Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, Giorgi Tughushi says directors of all prisons except women`s colony have been dismissed and the facilities have new administration.
Tughushi asserts the situation in prisons in normal and is under full control of ministry, ombudsman and NGOs.
The public defender`s office has also confirmed that no facts of prisoners` abuse and torture have been revealed during the past five days. The representatives of ombudsman have conducted special monitoring in Rustavi and Gldani prisons. They have also monitored situation in pre-trial detention departments.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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The officers of VII unit of Old Tbilisi Police Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs pressed charges against representatives of Orthodox clergy: archimandrite of Sameba cathedral church, father Anthimoz (Tamaz) Bichinashvili and monk from "Ioane and Tornike Eristavi convent"
Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and the candidate of the Georgian Dream ruling party for the president, Giorgi Margvelashvili has commented on the investigation of the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, on May17. Margvelashvili says any person should be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II condemns the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on May 17, when the LGBT rally was dispersed by the worshippers and protestors of a counter-demonstration.