26 Jun 2018 - 13:57
The Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated today that 33 individuals have been put on the Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list, which includes people who have violated the rights of Georgian citizens in the country’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions.
Bakhtadze says that the number is expected to rise in the future.
The list includes individuals who have been accused or charged with murder, kidnaping, torture or for concealing crimes committed against citizens of Georgia since 1991 up to now,” Bakhtadze says.
As the Georgian law enforcers are still investigating certain crimes, more people may be added to the list,” Bakhtadze said.
The prime minister says that the government has already specified the procedure which, with the active involvement of the international community and partner states, will hold the people accountable for their offences.
We have also specified the state bodies which will be responsible for the enforcement of the procedures mentioned by the list. The bodies will be responsible for making reports over the enforcement process for the government and parliament,” Bakhtadze said.
The parliament of Georgia will have to approve the list when it is put forward to the legislative body.
Otkhozoria and Tatunashvili are the surnames of Georgian citizens who were killed by Russia-controlled so-called border guards or law enforcers in the occupied Tskhinvali region in 2015 and 2018.
The parliament of Georgia adopted a joint resolution on the case of Archil Tatunashvili in March 2018.
The resolution condemned Russia’s actions in the occupied territories of Georgia, made a series of demands on Russia and envisaged the creation of a sanctions list of individuals who have violated the rights of Georgian citizens in the occupied regions of Georgia.
The creation of the list was the initiative of the European Georgia parliamentary opposition party.