News, Prisoner abuse

Call for Georgian leaders to be banned in the West

by | Sep 24, 2012

Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili is one of the Georgian leaders that activists want banned in Western countries following the prisoner abuse scandal. (IPN.)

TBILISI, DFWatch – Groups in Georgia demands that the former prison minister, former interior minister, current justice minister and current chief prosecutor are banned from civilized countries because of their cruel and inhuman treatment of citizens.

The appeal to the international society is signed by 53 representatives of civil society groups.

“We suggest you to use the current practice of your countries (the Magnitski case) and as minimum ban the former ministers of Penitentiary and Interior Ministry, also the minister of Justice and chief prosecutor in your countries for cruel and inhuman treatment of citizens until the grave crimes committed in the penitentiary system have been objectively investigated,” is written in the letter presented at a briefing on September 20.

Sergei Magnitski, a Russian lawyer, died in prison and 60 Russian officials were banned in Western countries including the U.S.

Magnitski discovered tax evasion by Russian government officials.

Magnitski was arrested and refused from medical examination during 11 months. In November 2009 he attached on his bed was beaten to death by prison supervisor.

The torture is the reason the West enforced a ban on officials. Now civil society in Georgia are demanding the same. They think that assigning official liability of individuals suspected in brutal treatment of people is not enough.

Georgian Government is responsible for this situation, but according to it’s action, it will try to impose criminal responsibility only on persons implicated in the particular videos that were leaked. Resignation of people who helped the cruel and inhuman treatment system is not enough, they should be punished to the fullest extent possible,” the civil society representatives argue.

They appeal to Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State, Catherine Ashton, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Richard Norland, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Philip Dimitrov, EU Ambassador to Georgia.



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