Foti City Court has fully accepted the evidence, submitted by the prosecution and found guilty the four former employees of N4 Penitentiary Facility of Zugdidi of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, for the humiliation and inhuman treatment of prisoners from the same penitentiary facility during 2008-2012.
According to the evidence, examined by the court, it was established that during 2008-2012, while working in N4 Penitentiary Facility of Zugdidi of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, in order to intimidate and unconditionally subdue the prisoners, the employees of the same penitentiary facility I.Ch., T.G., L.K. and G.G. have subjected the prisoners to humiliation, inhuman and degrading treatment. In particular, all prisoners were tortured by violent methods at the Zugdidi Establishment No. 4, they were inflicted with verbal and physical abuse, and afterward, and physical violence against the same prisoners had a systematic nature in order to subdue them unconditionally. Prisoners were also illegally restricted from walking, telephone conversations and correspondence. They did not have access to medical services; they also had limited time for sleep and relaxation. Besides, prisoners were forced to consent to secret co-operation with the administration of the penitentiary facility.
During the trial, up to 70 former convicts were questioned, who were placed at different times at the N4 penitentiary facility of Department of Corrections and the absolute majority of them were victims of violence for years.
I.Ch, T.G., L.K., and G.G. have been found guilty by the judgment of Foti City Court under subparagraphs “a”, “b”, “d”, “e” and “g” of 2nd paragraph of Article 1443 of Criminal Code of Georgia (Degrading and inhuman treatment) and the type and the length of the sentence has been determined to 4 years and 8 months of imprisonment.
On the basis of Law on Amnesty of Georgia, on 28 December 2018, the imposed sentence reduced by one-fourth and finally, each of them was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment. In addition, they were deprived for 2 years and 3 months, the right to occupy a position in public service.