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UA 277/94 - Georgia: fear of torture / legal concern / medical concern: Zaza Tsiklauri

, Index number: EUR 56/007/1994

There are fears that Zaza Tsiklauri, one of a group of prisoners standing trial in Georgia on terrorism charges, may face further torture or ill-treatment after meeting a human rights activist in hospital at the end of June. He was transferred back to prison as a punishment, although there was no improvement in his medical condition following a 30-day hunger-strike. There is further concern that their trial may be unfair. Four men, Irakli Dokvadze, Petre Gelbakhiani, Gedevan Gelbakhiani and Viktor Domukhovsky who are facing charges carrying a possible death sentence, have alleged that their confessions were made under duress. Others have reported problems in obtaining defence lawyers of their choice.

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UA 277/94 Fear of torture / Legal concern / Medical concern 19 July 1994
GEORGIA Zaza TSIKLAURI
Amnesty International fears that Zaza Tsiklauri, one of a group of prisoners
standing trial in Georgia on terrorism charges, may face torture or
ill-treatment as a result of an unauthorized meeting with a human rights activist
at the end of June 1994. It is alleged that after the meeting, which took
place in hospital, Zaza Tsiklauri was transferred back to prison as a punishment
rather than as a result of an improvement in his medical condition. Reports
indicate that he and others in the group were earlier subjected to beatings
in prison.
Zaza Tsiklauri was arrested on 7 August 1992 after a car-bomb attack aimed
at a leading official killed five bystanders. Later that month the then head
of the Georgian security service publicly announced his intention to resign
after reports that officials from his agency were responsible for torturing
Zaza Tsiklauri, inflicting injuries including multiple fractures and burns.
Zaza Tsiklauri's most recent stay in hospital, where the unauthorized meeting
took place, followed a 30-day protest hunger-strike.
Eighteen other men are on trial with Zaza Tsiklauri. The proceedings began
in 1993, and Amnesty International is concerned at reports that the defendants
are not receiving a fair trial in line with international standards. Four
men in the group who face charges carrying a possible death sentence - Irakli
Dokvadze, Petre Gelbakhiani, Gedevan Gelbakhiani and Viktor Domukhovsky - claim
their confessions were made under duress, including as a result of physical
abuse, and others report problems in obtaining a defence lawyer of their own
choice.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
either in Russian, English, Georgian or in your own language:
- urging the authorities to ensure that the physical safety of Zaza Tsiklauri
and his co-defendants is guaranteed, and that they are granted appropriate
medical treatment;
- urging that all allegations of beatings in custody are investigated swiftly
and impartially, with the results made public and those responsible brought
to justice;
- urging that the defendants receive a fair trial in line with international
standards.
APPEALS TO
Eduard Shevardnadze
Chairman of the Parliament
of the Republic of Georgia
Rustaveli 8
380018 Tbilisi
Georgia
Telegrams: Georgia, 380018 Tbilisi, Predsedatelyu Shevardnadze
Faxes: + 8832 99 98 87
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Dzhomlet Babilishvili
Procurator General
2
Gorgosali, 24
380033 Tbilisi
Georgia
Telegrams: Georgia, 380033 Tbilisi, Generalnomu Prokuroru Babilishvili Dzh.
Faxes: + 8832 95 54 61
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Shota Kviraya
Minister of Internal Affairs
Bolshaya Alleya, 10
380014 Tbilisi
Georgia
Telegrams: Georgia, 380014 Tbilisi, MVD, Ministru Kviraya Sh.
Faxes: + 8832 99 62 33
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Aleksandr Chikvaidze
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Chitadze, 4
380018 Tbilisi
Georgia
Faxes: + 8832 99 72 49
and to diplomatic representatives of Georgia, if any, accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 30 August 1994.

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