The Public Defender demands launching a preliminary investigation23 12 2010
In accordance with Paragraph B, Article 21 of the Organic Law of Georgia on the Public Defender, the Public Defender has sent the explanatory notes of convicts G.O. and Sh.N. and protocols on visual examination to the Prosecutor General of Georgia and submitted a recommendation that an investigation be launched in connection with the fact that took place in the Ksani Establishment No. 15 and that forensic and medical examination of the convicts be carried out within the shortest terms to determine the character, degree, and age of the injuries on their bodies.
On December 21, 2010, a representative of the Public Defender took explanatory notes from convicts housed in the Ksani Establishment No. 15 of the Department of Prisons, G.O. and Sh.N. According to them, on December 16, 2010, they declared a hunger strike and sowed up their mouths, because they were not being given medications. As convict G.O. explains, he started the hunger strike because he wasn’t getting an adequate medical service. He declares that he is suffering from varicose veins, hepatitis C, headaches, and neurosis.
To document their protest officially, they addressed the officer of duty and the head of the shift, so that they give the information to the social worker of the aforementioned establishment.
Convict Sh.N. explains that an employee of the Social Service came to them, but he did not document the hunger strike. Because of this, they got into argument with the head of the shift, who threatened them with beating. According to the convicts, they got frightened of being beaten and inflicted self-injuries. In particular, they slashed their arms. According to the convicts, they were given medical assistance 30-40 minutes later, but only with the help of a prisoner doctor.
As the convicts declare, after the aforementioned incident, they were taken to the director’s office, where they were threatened that if they didn’t stop the hunger strike, an additional punishment would be added to their sentences and they would be retaliated against physically. The convicts point out that they were being assaulted verbally.
On December 17, 2010, when the convicts were again demanding a meeting with the employee of the Social Service, employees of the establishment came to them. The aforementioned persons took them to the director’s office, where they assaulted them physically and verbally. The convicts also declare that they opened their sown up mouths by force.
On visual examination, convict Sh.N. bore excoriations on both upper limbs and back, and had porous wounds in the area of the lips.
Convict G.O. bore porous wounds in the area of the lips, excoriations on the left upper limb and forehead, a yellow spot at the elbow of the left arm, and excoriations in the area of the wrist.