About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 21:13 - 20 Apr.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Taped Conversation Mounts Pressure on Prison System Chief
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 5 Mar.'07 / 15:45

Tbilisi-based Imedi TV aired a taped phone conversation on March 4 which, according to the television network, implicates prison system chief Bacho Akhalaia in planning a prison riot in Tbilisi last year.

Seven inmates of prison number 5 in Tbilisi were killed in a special operation following what is officially known as a prisoners’ riot on March 27, 2006. The authorities claim the “prison riot” was orchestrated by criminal bosses, both from within and outside the prison, who wanted to stage a massive jailbreak and create “massive destabilization” in the country.
 
The taped phone conversation, a portion of which was again broadcasted twice on March 5, is between two men identified by Imedi TV as prisoner Paata Mamardashvili and Gia Dgebuadze, who the network says is an official from the Interior Ministry’s Department for Constitutional Security (DCS).

Alleged Interior Ministry official Dgebuadze tells prisoner Mamardashvili not to reveal that he has been cooperating with prison system chief Bacho Akhalaia to help him fabricate evidence showing that the riot was planned by criminal authorities. In exchange Dgebuadze vows to organize his early release from the prison.

Mamardashvili, together with five other individuals, is charged with masterminding the prison riot.

The taped phone conversation, confirmed to be valid, may undermines authorities’ claims that the March 27 prison riot was organized by criminal authorities with an aim to trigger destabilization in the country.

Opposition politicians have already reacted by saying that the taped phone conversation is “clear evidence” against Bacho Akhalaia.

Lawmakers from the ruling National Movement party downplayed allegations as “absurd” and “not serious.”

Latest News
20 Apr.'14 21:13
PM Reaffirms Support for Khudoni HPP Project
Benefits of the project will outweigh its negative impact, Garibashvili said.
19 Apr.'14 20:13
CEC: Number of Voters 3.49 Million
Central Election Commission released updated figure of number of voters in Georgia.
19 Apr.'14 02:34
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Hold Phone Conversation
Karasin spoke with Abashidze by phone a day after the two diplomats met in Prague.
18 Apr.'14 15:36
Georgia in European Parliament's Resolution on Ukraine
It said that Georgia, like any other European state, has a European perspective.
18 Apr.'14 03:41
Anti-Discrimination Bill Passed with First Reading
The bill is criticized by human rights organizations and Orthodox groups, but for different reasons.
17 Apr.'14 23:42
Facing Public TV Board Law Woes, Parliament Elects Three More Members
GD votes down two candidates for board membership, picked by UNM parliamentary minority group.
17 Apr.'14 19:54
Court of Appeals Upholds Acquittal of Akhalaia
Former defense and interior minister, Bacho Akhalaia, remains in pretrial detention since Nov.2012.
16 Apr.'14 22:47
Meeting of Georgian, Russian Diplomats in Prague
Abashidze said Karasin told him Moscow has no intention to exert pressure on Georgia over AA.
16 Apr.'14 19:20
Georgian TV Crew, Detained at S.Ossetian Administrative Border, Released
Three members of the TV3 crew were released a day after being detained by the Russian border guards.
16 Apr.'14 15:21
Prosecutors Called to Speed Up Probe into Attack on UNM MP Tsiklauri
UNM may request parliamentary probe if the case is not solved by law enforcement agencies.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
42