Georgian authorities promise to rectify situation in justice system
Georgia , Tbilisi, April 20 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Georgian authorities persuaded CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg that problems in the justice system are being addressed and worked out, said Hammarberg at a news conference in Tbilisi.
Hammarberg also touched upon issues which, in his opinion, have seen progress. The Georgian officials persuaded Hammarberg to work on the Penal Code; the articles that impose very severe punishment will soon be launched.
"I was told that the very low rate of nationwide acquittals would be taken into account. The number of such sentences in Georgia has been only 1 percent, which is very low," Hammarber said.
He said this is the guarantee that he has received from the government. "First, I was interested in information regarding the Georgian court's validity. The key is that a fair trial would not only rest in theory but be carried out in practice," he stressed.