European Commission: No selective justice should be in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov 12 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
There should be no selective justice in Georgia, because it may harm the image of the country, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said at a press conference in Brussels after a meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili.
He appealed to all the players of the Georgian politics to use their rule to continue a constructive and responsible environment. He added that he believes that it is in the interests of Georgia and all Georgians.
According to Barroso, the elections in Georgia were successful, but democracy does not end on election day.
"The development of the democratic process and respect for the rule of law are its principles. Democracy - a rule of majority, but with this democracy means respect for minorities. Democracy is more than elections. It is a culture of political relations," Barroso said.
Former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia, former chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Georgia Giorgi Kalandadze and former commander of the fourth brigade of Georgian armed forces Zurab Shamatava accused of mistreating soldiers.
The defendants are charged with mistreatment of soldiers, under part 3 of Article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. This includes abuse of power, followed by "an insult to the personal dignity of the victim," and carries 5 to 8 years imprisonment.
Akhalaia was also charged under article 143 - "illegal suppression of freedom" - which carries up to 12 years imprisonment.
All three detainees deny the charges.