The Problem of the Missing South Ossetians Discussed at a Meeting in Moscow

Thu, 16/12/2010 - 14:53

In Moscow, a meeting of Plenipotentiary of the President of South Ossetia for Post-Conflict Settlement Boris Chochiyev with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Tomas Hammarberg took place. As Boris Chochiev reported to IA "Res" by telephone from Moscow, the meeting discussed the fate of citizens of South Ossetia and Georgia missing from and after the Georgian aggression in August 2008, as well as prolongation of the work of international experts engaged by Hammarberg to look into this problem.

"Based on the findings in the report of the experts monitoring the investigation on the missing citizens of South Ossetian and Georgia, Hammarberg pointed to the necessity to continue this work. In particular, the Georgian side should have reopened the investigation on the cases of our citizens Khachirov, Pliev and Khugaev ", said Chochiev.
According to him, the meeting also discussed the problem of South Ossetian citizens detained in Georgian prisons on trumped-up charges.
It is worth reminding that on September 29, 2010, Tomas Hammarberg published the Report by international experts Bruce Pegg and Nicolas Sebire engaged to look into the investigation of missing citizens of South Ossetia and Georgia.
During the investigation, the experts established that the citizens of South Ossetia Alan Khugaev, Alan Khachirov and Soltan Pliev after their abduction in 2008 were for some time in the hands of Georgian security forces, however, it was impossible to find out anything about their fate after that. The report also points to numerous violations made in the course of the investigation by the Georgian law enforcement bodies.

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