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Former justice minister in Georgia to be formally charged

Georgian Chief Prosecutor Archil Kbilashvili announced Tuesday that the former justice minister in Georgia, Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili, is set to be charged on December 26 in connection with the torture of prisoners in the country's capital of Tbilisi. The prosecution is investigating [Trend report] allegations of torture in the prison. The prosecution explained that it was examining photographs of prisoners inside the Tbilisi prison which were released. With the investigation in progress, the prosecution is not releasing any details at this time. Adeishvili is currently out of the country.

In September 2012, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called on authorities in Georgia to investigate [JURIST report] prisoner mistreatment after video footage earlier this week allegedly depicted the torture and rape of prisoners in the country's capital of Tbilisi. A spokesperson for Pillay told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the High Commissioner has called for an immediate investigation into all allegations of human rights violations against prisoners.

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