Prosecution Arrests 6 persons for Degrading and Inhuman Treatment of Prisoners

2017-05-11 14:02:47

Officers of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia, on the basis of the court ruling, has arrested former employees of #8 Penitentiary – Malkhaz Ghviniashvili, Nugzar Marghia, Zaza Kharaishvili, Vakhtang Gugutsidze, Davit Chikhladze and Davit Nozadze with charges of degrading and inhuman treatment of prisoners, and legal proceedings have been launched against former Head of Legal Regimen of the same facility Oleg Patsatsia, currently being under arrest, on the same charges.
Investigation revealed, that in 2011-2012, while working at #8 Penitentiary, there were cases of degrading prisoners and exposing them to inhuman, degrading and humiliating conditions with the aim to intimidate them and get their unconditional obedience committed by Oleg Patsatsia, Malkhaz Ghviniashvili, Nugzar Marghia, Zaza Kharaishvili, Vakhtang Gugutsidze, Davit Chikhladze and Davit Nozadze. It was established, that the aforementioned persons indiscriminately and violently mistreated the prisoners, verbally and physically abused them upon their arrival at #8 Penitentiary, and during the further period, these prisoners were repeatedly abused in order to get their unconditional obedience.
As a result of the actions of the defendants, inmates’ rights of correspondence, phone calls and walks were unlawfully restricted; they were deprived of their right to receive medical care, also their sleeping and leisure hours were limited. In addition, inmates were coerced to agree to secretly cooperate with penitentiary administration. Investigation also established, that the defendants would often took prisoners out of their cells arbitrarily and moved them to the bath situated in the building of the facility, where they would physically abuse them by using bludgeons and other objects. Moreover, to cause moral anguish of the inmates, they were placed in the penitentiary morgue with deceased persons and left there locked-up for a certain period.
In the context of the ongoing investigation, about 600 hundred convicts, who were inmates of #8 Penitentiary at different times, have been questioned, and the absolute majority of them had been being victims of violence. As investigation revealed, degrading and inhuman treatment of prisoners was an established practice of systematic nature in #8 Penitentiary and it aimed to degrade and intimidate inmates and get their unconditional obedience. The case to be considered is complex and consists of multiple counts. In addition to the abovementioned facts, tens of witnesses questioned in connection with the case incriminate the defendants in numerous other counts. For instance, more than 200 persons from the questioned witnesses implicate Oleg Patsatsia. More than a hundred persons expose the employee of the same department – Malkhaz Ghviniashvii, known among inmates as ‘Lisi’, a.k.a. ‘Fascist’, of degrading and inhuman treatment. Tens of witnesses questioned in connection with this case accuse defendants Zaza Marghia, Vakhtang Gugutsidze and Davit Chikhladze of degrading and inhuman treatment. Hence it follows, that investigation is being intensively conducted for the purpose to establish other counts and reveal other persons connected with the crime.
Investigation into the case is in progress under Article 144 §2 (a), (b). (d), (e) and (g) (degrading two or more persons detained or otherwise deprived of freedom and exposing them to inhuman, degrading and humiliating conditions, as a result of which they suffer severe physical and psychological pains, committed by official persons in group) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which entails deprivation of liberty for a term from four to six years as a type and size of penalty.