2 Georgian detainees freed from the Tskhinvali prison
09 October, 2018
2 Georgian detainees freed from the Tskhinvali prison
Georgian detainees Maia Otinashvili and Akaki Dotiashvili are freed from the Tskhinvali prison. They had been accused of illegally crossing a so-called the borderline into the occupied Tskhinvali region. Maia Otinashvili was kidnapped in her own garden on the 19th of September. On the 2nd of October, she was sentenced by the de facto court to pre-trial detention for two months. She is accused of illegally crossing the so-called border into the occupied Tskhinvali region. She was also charged with helping
citizens in “illegal crossing of the border” in exchange for money.
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Warning banner at the occupational line

Maia Otinashvili with her spouse and children live in the village of Khurvaleti, Gori Municipality. The village is the Tbilisi-controlled territory, about 50 meters from the barbed wire fence. Detentions and kidnappings regularly take place on the territory. Maia Otinashvili is the fifth woman detained from Khurvaleti.

A 50-year-old Akaki Dotiashvili was detained on the 6th of October in the village of Kirbali, Gori Municipality. The village is one of the most unsafe places in Gori Municipality. The members of almost all families of the village have experienced detention in Tskhinvali prison.

There are no barbed wire fences at the occupational line in the village. Occupying forces often place white pieces of clothes in order to mark the borderline. The part of the village cemetery is situated on the occupational line. Near this part of the cemetery, Russian soldiers are patrolling. The Russian military base is located on the occupied territory. There is a possibility of armed forces to be lying in wait for locals behind every bush.
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Barbed wire fences at the occupational line

Maia Otinashvili was given a suspended sentence and 6-month-long probation. As for Akaki Dotiashvili, he was freed from the prison after paying fine imposed by the judge.

According to the locals, Russian and Ossetian so-called “border guards” often cross the barbed wire fences to Georgian controlled territory. The situation is worsened by the fact that the Russian Federation violates the Six Point Peace Plan from August 2008 and it hinders the access of the EU Monitoring Mission to the conflict regions.

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