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Compiled by Mzia Kupunia
Wednesday, March 30
Christian-Democrats set up working groups to defend prisoners’ rights

Parliamentary minority group, Christian-Democratic Movement has expressed its concern over the situation in terms of justice in the country, 24 Saati reports. The Movement has declared that it will start publicly talking about all court rulings, which, according to human rights defenders, violated the law. The Movement officials have said, two working groups were established to deal with the issue.

According to the Christian-Democratic Movement Human Rights Committee, in 2010 Tbilisi City court examined 26 172 cases, which is 22.2 percent more than the number of cases discussed in 2009. Only three people were cleared, and 18 persons were partly cleared. “This is an alarming statistics,” Christian-Democrats claim “We receive hundreds of letters about law violations by judges and the violations of the rights of the accused persons. There are many people in jail nowadays, the verdicts of which are biased and non objective,” Chairman of the Human Rights Committee at the CDM, Tamaz Bakuridze said.

Chumlaki village troubled by wolves

Residents of the village of Chumlaki, in Gurjaani region, Kakheti have requested that the authorities form a group of hunters to defend the village from wolves, Sakartvelos Respublika writes. Wolves killed a donkey in the yard of one of the residents of the village, according to locals. According to them, this is the fourth case of wolves attacking during the current month. “We are unable to go out in the yard, because we are afraid of wolves. We are asking our regional authorities to set up a group of hunters,” Sakartvelos Respublika quoted one of the village residents as saying.

According to the head of the Gurjaani municipality, Shota Utiashvili, Chumlaki residents have not addressed the authorities with a request of establishing a group of hunters. “If they apply to us with a request, we are ready to help them with bullets or allocate financial aid. We will do our best to assist the residents of the village and defend them from wolves’ attacks,” he noted.