News, Prisoner abuse

Alleged architect of prison abuse videos freed

by | Oct 10, 2012

The Saakashvili government accused Tamazashvili of having ordered the enactment of fake scenes of prisoner abuse to be filmed ahead of the election. Today, few doubt the veracity of the videos. (IPN.)

TBILISI, DFWatch — The prisoner whom the government claimed orchestrated the prisoner abuse videos has been released.

Tamaz Tamazashvili, the father-in-law of the likely candidate for new interior minister, was Wednesday released from prison.

When leaving prison Tamazashvili only told journalists that he is innocent and was unlawfully arrested.

He is probably best known as the target of accusations from the Saakashvili government that he personally ordering the filming of the scandalous footage of prisoner torture which severely damaged the ruling National Movement party ahead of the October 1 parliamentary election.

Tamazashvili is the father-in-law of Irakli Gharibahsvili, who has been selected as candidate for new interior minister by the Georgian Dream coalition, which won the parliamentary election October 1.

He was arrested just a few few days after the coalition’s leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili, made a surprising announcement in October 2011 that he would go into politics. The arrest was based upon an accusation of keeping and carrying weapon and explosive device.

After his arrest, Tamazashvili was sentenced to three and a half years in jail. October 9, the Supreme Court approved a plea bargain agreement to reduce the sentence to one year, which means he will be free on October 11. But the prisoner was released one day earlier following a decision by the Georgian patriarch.

Despite the plea bargain, Tamaz Tamazashvili does not consider himself guilty.



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