Life-sentenced Ossetian prisoners in Tbilisi are hoping for a review of their criminal cases

Fri, 26/04/2013 - 21:57

Life-sentenced prisoners of Gldani prison in Tbilisi (Georgia), among whom are three citizens of South Ossetia - Georgy Zasseev, Joseph Kochiev and Georgy Valiev – have stopped the hunger strike, started on April 15, 2013.

As IA "Res" has been informed by South Ossetian human rights activist Lira Kozaeva, the convicts in the prison were visited by representatives of the Georgian human rights and civil society organizations. They promised them to improve their prison conditions and a review of their criminal cases.
"So our guys have also decided to end the strike in the hope that their cases will be reviewed and finally an objective investigation will be conducted. The parents of one of the prisoners – Georgy Zasseev - also stopped the hunger strike", - said Kozaeva.
It should be noted, that recently, Ossetian human rights activist in an open letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, wrote in detail the circumstances of the arrest and conviction of Valiev, Zasseev and Kochiev, indicating the obvious trumped-up charges, as well as physical and psychological pressure on them, including the use of psychotropic drugs.
"According to the available information, Bidzina Ivanishvili read my letter, and I hope he will promote "the exchange all for all ", and the remaining Ossetian prisoners, languishing in Georgian prisons, will return home. We will continue to monitor the situation ", - assured the human rights activist.
Georgy Zasseev, Joseph Kochiev and Georgy Valiev were detained by the Georgian special services in July 2005. At first, they were accused of drug distribution, and later - of the committing of the terrorist act in the Georgian town of Gori (February 1, 2005). On these obviously trumped-up charges they were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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