AFP Updated September 20, 2012, 12:44 am
TBILISI (AFP) – Georgia’s leader on Wednesday deployed police in jails to replace prison officers after videos showing the alleged rape and beatings of convicts sparked protests ahead of bitterly-contested elections.
“Patrol police must immediately enter all prisons,” President Mikheil Saakashvili said on Georgian television, demanding a complete overhaul of the ex-Soviet state‘s much-criticised jails as he announced the emergency measure.
“There must be zero tolerance towards rights abuses,” Saakashvili said.
The country’s prisons minister has already resigned over the scandal and the government promised to eradicate the “torture” of convicts.
Some of the graphic video footage, aired late Tuesday by opposition television station TV9, showed a weeping half-naked male prisoner at a jail in Tbilisi begging for mercy before apparently being raped with a stick. …
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The Defense Minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili, who has … reminded that Irakli Okruashvili is being accused … mediascrape; License: Standard YouTube License
www.youtube.com/watch?v=38qrh-9p24s – Im Cache
And here some lines from worldbulletin.net about this case:
World Bulletin / News Desk
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed to punish those responsible for torturing and raping prisoners, after a video of abuse in a jail sparked angry street protests two weeks before a parliamentary election.
The demonstrations erupted in the capital Tbilisi on Tuesday night after footage of the torture was shown on pro-opposition television channels. Thousands of people joined the protests on Wednesday, blocking two main streets and calling for the resignation of senior ministers.
The government said the video had been staged and recorded by guards who had been bribed by “politically motivated persons”.
The prosecutor’s office said 10 people had been arrested including the head of the prison in Tbilisi, two deputies and a number of guards. The prisons minister said she was resigning.
“Tonight, I tell all the victims of these inhuman actions and the whole nation that the Georgia we have built and we are all building together shall not and will not tolerate such behaviour – in its prisons or anywhere else,” Saakashvili said in a statement issued in the early hours of Wednesday.
“Those who committed these crimes will spend long years in jail, as will those who bribed guards to stage these horrors and film them,” he said. ….(link to World Bulletin under Related articles to see):
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- Georgia: after the elections (libraryeuroparl.wordpress.com)
- UPDATE 2-Jail scandal fells second Georgia minister before vote – Reuters (in.reuters.com)
- Georgian interior minister resigns amid jail scandal (abc.net.au)
- Georgia’s Prison Rape Scandal – and What It Says About the Rose Revolution (theatlantic.com)
- Thousands in Georgia protest against prisoner abuse (news.terra.com)
- Prison ‘torture’ footage sparks protests in Georgia (abc.net.au)
- Georgians protest prisoners torture video (worldbulletin.net)