Number of prisoners increase by 2.5% during Mikhail Saakashvili’s tenure

Number of prisoners increase by 2.5% during Mikhail Saakashvili’s tenure
# 11 January 2007 08:58 (UTC +04:00)
According to official statistics, the number of prisoners reached from 6274 up to 154,32 during Mikhail Saakashvili’s tenure, Georgian NGO “Society and Justice� told the APA. This is the official information given by Justice Ministry. According to the information, there were 7200 prisoners in Georgia in 2004, 8895 prisoners in 2005. The number of prisoners reached 154,32 in 2006. Death cases among the prisoners have also increased in recent three years. 43 prisoners died in 2004 (0.6% of the prisoners), 46 in 2005 (o.52% of the prisoners) and 92 prisoners died in 2006 (0.59% of the prisoners). 9 of the death cases were observed in the first ten-day of August in 2006, when the temperature reached 40 degrees. 4 prisoners committed suicide and 7 prisoners died during the protest actions in the fifth Tbilisi jail on March 27 last year. Law enforcement organizations stated jails in Georgia do not meet international standards. There is no guarantee for protection of rights of children and women prisoners.
The report states that there is mass violation of laws in the penitentiary sphere.
“The conditions in prison cells are unhygienic. The prisoners are not fed normally. 100 prisoners are kept in the cells for 26 people.�
According to the information of “Society and Justice� NGO mass arrest of Georgian Azerbaijanis has begun after the local elections in Georgia on October 5. Intelligentsias were mostly arrested. Special Force of Georgian Interior Ministry arrested residents of the village Soganlig of Garayazy (Gardabani) district Raib Aliyev, Fariz Ibrahimov and Muradeli Pirmuradov. No accusations were made against them. Interior Ministry and Prosecutor General’s Office of the country have not announced on what articles they were arrested. The Azerbaijanis were still in prison on October 18. Officers of Marneuli mayor’s office Rafig Hajiyev and Avtandil Gerekov were also arrested by Special Force of Interior Ministry. They are accused of organizing mass unrest. Journalist Gajar Huseynov arrested some years ago is kept in bad conditions in jail. The journalist having serious health problems is not cured. /APA/
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