Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept.21/ Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili met with acting Interior Minister Eka Zguladze and other representatives of the ministry. He thanked police patrol officers for their work in prisons.
Merabishvili drew attention to the issue of selection of new personnel to the prison system and their training.
According to Zguladze, the patrol police have enough resources and reserves to ensure public order in correctional facilities.
At the end of the meeting Merabishvili focused on holding free and fair elections. He said the Interior Ministry has the resources and experience to ensure order in the country before the elections and after it.
Parliamentary elections in Georgia are scheduled for Oct.1.
Protest actions have been held in Georgia since Sept.18 in connection with videos of abuse of prisoners that were shown by opposition TV channels. Georgian President promised to punish all those who are responsible for the torture of prisoners.
Georgian Interior Minister Bachan (Bacho) Akhalaia submitted his resignation to the Presidet Georgia, said in a statement published on the website of the Ministry.
Akhalaia served as Head of the Department of Corrections of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia from 2005 to 2008.
Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili granted a petition for the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance Khatuna Kalmakhelidze's resignation.