SICK PEOPLE ARE TAKEN FROM MENTAL HOSPITAL TO PRISON?!
20 October, 2011
SICK PEOPLE ARE TAKEN FROM MENTAL HOSPITAL TO PRISON?!

Appalling facts from penitentiary system

The facts we are presenting here are dreadful. Nana Kakabadze, chairperson of the organization ‘Former Prisoners for Human Rights’ acquainted us with awful facts of prisoners’ torture and encroachment on their life. Here is a prisoner’s letter:

 

A letter of prisoner Ivane Gagnidze (the style is preserved): ‘I demanded medical inspection of my backbone, liver and head, also of spleen and bowels but Lasha Bregadze refused. He threatened me by adding years to my sentence and also

by physical liquidation unless I stopped my demands. Moral pressure and provocations started after that…Prison director started visiting my cell and threatening; he verbally insulted me and this went on for almost a year. I requested to have my safety taken under control in order not to give them a chance to fulfill the threat… I think they will do it when they take me to another colony. I also confirm that I am a believer; I’m conscious of the act of suicide and will never commit it. Thus, in case my death will be the result of hanging or have some other signs of suicide, you should know that it wasn’t done by me’.

Nana Kakabadze: The number of letters that we are getting from prison is increasing. Some prisoners’ voice reached us more than once; they expressed fear about possible danger and after this we learnt of their death. Kakha Tedriashvili is a clear example of this; for two months he was sending letters to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Procurator, Minister of Justice, Ombudsman and NGOs declaring that his life was under threat. He was an obstinate boy, a fighter. ‘They are torturing me, saying they will kill me on Saturday or Sunday’, Tedriashvili wrote, requesting to keep him alive because he had a disabled child who needed care. Cynicism of this affair is that he was found strangled, hanging on a bandage – but actually he wasn’t meant to have bandage as he was neither operated on nor any part of his body had been bandaged. Moreover, the corpse bore traces of injury and bruises.

There are cases when at night the prisoners are not allowed to turn off the light. In prison # 6 of Gldani district one of the prison guards is particularly severe. He has nine fingers, one is missing due to unknown reasons; very often he is drunk. When drunk, he enters a cell, shows his hands to the prisoner and asks how many fingers he has. If somebody tells him that he has nine fingers he gets angry and beats the prisoner. If somebody says that the number of fingers is ten, he still shouts saying –how dare you to laugh at me! They call him ‘mister inspector’. If somebody forgets to say ‘mister’, repressions start immediately.

There are cases of taking patients from mental hospitals and temporarily ‘accommodating’ them in prison cells. I myself can hardly believe this but one of the prisoners identified one insane person and thus the scandalous story became known.

There was a case when a patient who was taking treatment in a mental hospital was taken to a prison cell at night. They stopped giving sedatives to the sick man and he could no more control his actions, relieving nature in bed. A cell mate took care of cleaning up everything. The insane man suffered uncontrolled attacks; he began shouting and screaming and attempted to strangle his cell mate.

Thanks to conversations, permanent care and display of sympathy, the cell mate managed to collect information about the insane man: he revealed his name, the district where his family lived. Later the cell mate informed the sick man’s mother about the situation and she called his family (the phone-call is registered) asking them to inquire about his whereabouts. When the beans were spilled the patient was immediately returned to the mental hospital.

Penitentiary administration uses the hospitals not only for ‘legalization’ of prisoners’ mortality but they also take the insane people to the prison cells to exert psychological pressure on prisoners. This issue may cause international scandal!

I address those who have family members in mental institutions to visit them frequently and make sure that time and again (even at night) they are not taken away from the hospital.

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