About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 23:33 - 20 Jul.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Public Defender on Arrested Photographers' Case
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Jul.'11 / 02:53

Georgian Public Defender, Giorgi Tugushi, stopped short of calling law enforcement agencies to fully declassify case against arrested photojournalists and said that investigators should decide about classification of separate evidence rather than imposing blanket restriction on the entire case.

In a statement released on July 11, the Public Defender's Office (PDO) said that its representatives met with three photojournalists - Irakli Gedenidze, Zurab Kurtsikidze and Giorgi Abdaladze - who are in pre-trial detention pending investigation; preliminary court hearing is scheduled for September 1.

PDO said that neither of them had complained about the prison administration.

"Abdaladze and Kurtsikidze are demanding declassifying cases against them; in connection with this demand Abdaladze continues hunger strike," PDO said.

It said that the law did not authorize PDO to look into the investigation files before final decision of court into the case was not announced.

"Therefore it is impossible for us to assess expediency and legality of a decision to classify the case as secret," the Public Defender's Office said.

"At the same time, because of high public interest towards the investigation of this case and taking into consideration the fact that accused are photojournalists, it is important to separate those materials from the case, which do not contain state secret. It is noteworthy, that part of the case materials has been publicized by the investigating agency itself; therefore, if the defense deems it important to make public any evidence into the case, it is necessary that an agency investigating the case to precisely assess a concrete evidence and decide its classification issue," PDO said.

Meanwhile, a group of journalists will hold yet another protest rally on July 12 - this time outside the Parliament, to again demand to make the case materials publicly available. The group of journalists rallied with the same demand outside the Interior Ministry building in Tbilisi outskirts on July 11.

Latest News
20 Jul.'17 23:33
Prosecutorís Office to Probe into Azerbaijani Journalistís Case
Heads of Border Police and Counterintelligence Department will leave their posts pending investigation. 
20 Jul.'17 18:25
Updated: Georgia in U.S. State Department Terrorism Report
The document assesses the status of terrorism-related issues in Georgia in 2016.
20 Jul.'17 14:58
Ukraine, Georgia Pledge Strategic Partnership
Petro Poroshenko concluded his three-day state visit to Georgia.
19 Jul.'17 20:22
Tbilisi Mayoral Candidates and Their Campaigns
The capital of Georgia, which is home to one third of the country’s electorate, will elect its Mayor in October.
19 Jul.'17 16:23
At Annual Ambassadorial, Georgian Leaders Speak of Foreign Policy Priorities
Tbilisi is hosting the annual gathering of Georgian ambassadors on July 18-21.
19 Jul.'17 11:58
GNERC Sets New Tariffs on Natural Gas
Tariffs on natural gas have increased for consumers in Tbilisi and the regions.
18 Jul.'17 16:50
Emirati Foreign Minister Visits Georgia
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed is on his two-day official visit to Tbilisi.
18 Jul.'17 14:58
Estonian, Lithuanian, Slovak Foreign Ministers on S.Ossetia Borderization
The Ministers commented on the matter at their press engagements before the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
18 Jul.'17 11:55
Turkmen Foreign Minister Meets Georgian Leaders in Tbilisi
Rashid Meredov held meetings with Foreign Minister, President, Prime Minister and Energy Minister.
17 Jul.'17 18:40
Police Launches Probe into Online Harassment Allegations
The post targeting a 25-year old woman is no longer available on Facebook.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
46