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Further information on UA 277/94 (EUR 56/07/94, 19 July; and follow-ups EUR 56/09/94, 18 August and EUR 56/10/94, 7 September) - Georgia: fear of torture / legal concern / medical concern: Zaza Tsiklauri, Viktor Domukhovsky, Mamuka Danelia, Zurab Bardzima

, N° d'index: EUR 56/011/1994

There remains concern for the health of a number of defendants currently on trial for a range of alleged terrorist offences, amid reports that they are not being granted appropriate medical care. Zaza Tsiklauri, reportedly suffering from tuberculosis was transferred to hospital, but has reportedly declared a hunger-strike together with Viktor Domukhovsky, for being excluded from the court proceedings. Zurab Bardzimashvili has ended his hunger-strike after the judge agreed to reverse the decision to separate his case from that of the other defendants. Another defendant, Omari Kochlamazashvili, is said to have suffered unspecified heart trouble on 13 September in court. Unofficial sources report that he had not been examined by 20 September and so was not receiving any medication. There is continued concern also at their prison conditions.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 56/11/94
Distr: UA/SC
21 September 1994
Further information on UA 277/94 (EUR 56/07/94,19 July 1994) and follow-ups
(EUR 56/09/94, 18 August, EUR 56/10/94, 7 September) - Fear of torture / Legal
concern / Medical concern
GEORGIA Zaza TSIKLAURI
Viktor DOMUKHOVSKY
Mamuka DANELIA
Zurab BARDZHIMASHVILI
new name: Omari KOCHLAMAZASHVILI
Amnesty International remains concerned about the health of a number of
defendants currently on trial in Georgia for a range of alleged terrorist
offences. Further information on earlier allegations that they are not
receiving appropriate medical care is given below.
Zaza Tsiklauri, who was tortured while in custody in 1992 and who suffers from
tuberculosis, was transferred to hospital on 9 September. From that date he
was also able to receive medication, refused since 2 July after an unauthorized
meeting with a representative from the human rights organization Human Rights
Watch/Helsinki. However, the only medicine available to him is that supplied
by his family. On 13 September the presiding judge at the trial excluded Zaza
Tsiklauri from the courtroom, reportedly for "smirking", and Zaza Tsiklauri
declared a protest hunger- strike. His family report that they are unable
to visit him.
Viktor Domukhovsky, who was reportedly beaten in his cell by special police
officers on 13 August 1994, is said to suffer from high blood pressure. He
declared a hunger-strike at around the same time as Zaza Tsiklauri, also in
protest at the judge's decision to exclude him from part of the proceedings.
Amnesty International does not know if the two men are currently still on
hunger-strike.
Zurab Bardzimashvili ended his hunger-strike at some point last week, after
the judge agreed to reverse the decision to separate his case out from that
of the rest of the defendants. He is said to be receiving medicines via his
relatives.
Another of the defendants, Omari Kochlamazashvili, is said to have suffered
unspecified heart trouble on 13 September while attending a court hearing.
Unofficial sources report that he had not been examined by 20 September and
so was not receiving any medication.
Conditions in the prison in the capital, Tbilisi, where the men are held are
very poor: sources report overcrowded, vermin-ridden cells with irregular
heating in winter and irregular or no electricity throughout the year, almost
total lack of medical supplies and a failure to treat or isolate inmates with
contagious diseases.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/express and airmail letters
- urging that Zaza Tsiklauri, Viktor Domukhovsky, Mamuka Danelia, Zurab
Bardzimashvili and Omari Kochlamazashvili receive all appropriate medical
treatment;
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- urging that all reports of ill-treatment in detention are investigated swiftly
and impartially, with the results made public and those responsible brought
to justice;
- urging that all 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
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Dzhomlet Babilishvili
Procurator General
Gorgosali, 24
380033 Tbilisi, Georgia
Telegrams: Georgia, 380033 Tbilisi, Generalnomu Prokuroru Babilishvili Dzh.
Salutation: Dear Chairman
Shota Kviraya
Minister of Internal Affairs
Bolshaya Alleya, 10
380014 Tbilisi, Georgia
Telegrams: Georgia, 380014 Tbilisi, MVD, Ministru Kviraya Sh.
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Aleksandr Chikvaidze
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Chitadze, 4
380018 Tbilisi, Georgia
and to diplomatic representatives of Georgia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 November 1994.

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