The Young Barristers of Georgia is highlighting a note in the US State Department’s annual Human Rights Report, which mentions delays in reviewing human rights cases in Georgia.
The report highlights the case of Temur Basilia, a former Vice-Prime Minister and an advisor to the President. The Young Barristers, in responding to the note, point out that the findings in cases of unjustly prosecuted former politicians should be of note to the government and the judiciary.
As the US State Department Report says:
“In another case involving delays, the Tbilisi Appellate Court first rejected the Prosecution Service’s request to review the 2008 conviction of Temur Basilia, a former advisor to former president Eduard Shevardnadze. The Prosecution Service’s request was based on its findings of substantial violations in the criminal process against Basilia by former administration officials. When the Supreme Court ordered the Appellate Court to review the case, the Court began its review in July but subsequently postponed hearings.”
According to the Young Barristers of Georgia, undue delays in court proceedings is identified in the State Department’s report as one of the limiting factors of protecting the human rights in Georgia.