South Ossetia allows a family visit to the detained Georgian citizens

Thu, 10/12/2009 - 17:55

South Ossetia provides the possibility for the relatives of the underage Georgian convicts to visit them in the detention facility in Tskhinval. The HR Commissioner of South Ossetia David Sanakoev addressed the Head of Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross in South Ossetia with a request to help with informing the relatives and facilitate their visit to the minor convicts in South Ossetia. "Since the fate of these persons (Levan Khmiadashvili and Victor Buchukuri) causes great interest among the Georgian authorities, the RSO HR Commissioner is inviting the parents of the convicts to visit them at the detention facility from 9th to 12th December 2009,", read the letter addressed by Sanakoev to the ICRC.

The letter also emphasizes that the issue of visit by HR activists and organizations from Georgia is also under consideration. "The authorities of South Ossetia guarantee their security", underlines the letter.
To remind, Georgian citizens Levan Khmiadashvili (1992), Victor Buchukuri (1993), Georgy Romelashvili (1995), and Aleko Tsabadze (1995) were detained by law enforcement bodies of SOuth Ossetia on 4 November for illegal crossing of the state border, for illicit obtaining and possessing of explosives, as well as for having committed a theft in the village of Kheit of Tskhinval district of South Ossetia. At the trial on 2 December, Romelashvili and Tsabadze were sentenced to 1 year of probation and hence, were released from the courtroom, while Khmiadashvili and Buchukuri were sentenced to 1 year of colony service.

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