Georgian government to ease law on the occupied territories

Georgian government to ease law on the occupied territories
# 07 February 2013 14:39 (UTC +04:00)

The current law prohibits foreigners from visiting the territories occupied by Russia in Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia without permission from Tbilisi. In case of violation, a person is punished under the criminal law and might be fined or face up to four years in jail. Paata Zakareishvili, Minister for Reintegration Issues said he doesn’t think it is right that on the first violation a person is punished to go to jail, because many foreigners are in Georgian prisons because they have violated this law.

The amendment is that if a person violates the rule of entering the occupied territories, the first time he or she will be given administrative punishment, which will be a fine, but in case of repeat offense, the person will be punished under the criminal code of Georgia and may be go to jail. The draft law was approved today at a meeting of the Georgian Government.

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