EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 56/11/94
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
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
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
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
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