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European Human Rights Defender Demands the Accused in the ‘Tractor Case’ to be Released

Published: August 1, 2013 | 8:09 am
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Thomas Hammarberg, a special adviser to the Georgian government on the issues of constitutional reforms and human rights, has written to the Deputy Prosecutor General Lasha Natsvlishvili, advising him to have all the detainees in the so-called ‘tractor case’ to be immediately released, since there are no grounds for detaining them. The Prosecutor General’s Office has declined to comment on the letter. The defendants’ attorney Lasha Samushia found out about Mr. Hammarberg’s letter through the media, and regards it as yet another confirmation of his clients’ innocence. The ‘tractor case’ will be heard by the courts on 5 August. Representatives of the company Mechanizatori Ltd. and former senior members of the Agriculture Ministry are charged with embezzling State funds, neglecting their professional duties, and intimidating experts. According to Mr. Samushia, there is an abundance of evidence, including statements from local and foreign experts, which prove his clients’ innocence.

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