Georgian Justice Ministry responded positively to Strasbourg Court’s decision
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 11 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Georgian Justice Ministry has welcomed the decision of the Strasbourg Court, which has ceased the execution of nearly a half of cases against the country, coupled with the events of Aug. 2008.
The Strasbourg court has stopped the execution of more than a 1,000 cases against Georgia due to the plaintiffs' failure to submit the necessary information. The court received more than 3,300 individual complaints against Georgia after August.
The Court dismissed the prosecution of the 1,549 cases due to the fact that the lawyers did not respond to requests.
"This fact once again confirms that the claims made against the Georgian government by ethnic Ossetians, after the Russian-Georgian war, are outside the legal framework and are part of Russian propaganda," the ministry reported.
The court had, according to the procedure, twice sent requests for submission of information but received no response. Thus, according to article 37 of the European Convention on Human Rights, it was decided to cease execution on the part of cases.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in Aug. 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, with Russian troops later occupying the city. The Russian armed forces drove the Georgian military back into Georgia proper moving towards Tbilisi. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic ties with the secessionist states on Sept. 9, 2008.