The NGO Human Rights Center is concerned about the arrest of Nugzar Otanadze, brother of Koba Otanadze. Nugzar Otanadze was arrested on an unknown charge. It’s known, that on May 5, after the Mukhrovani uprising, the Interior Ministry has been searching for the former military servicemen, including Koba Otanadze.
The Human Rights Center considers that arresting Nugzar Otanadze is very suspicious and suspects his arrest may amounts to the government taking him hostage in connection with the search for the former military servicemen. Also, Human Rights Center remembers an incidence of hostage taking in which Nora Kvitsiani was taken as a hostage instead of her brother Emzar Kvitsiani.
The Human Rights Center condemns such activities, calls upon the government to set free Nugzar Otanadze or to show sufficient authentic evidence to prove that Nugzar Otanadze participated in the revolt. Otherwise, the Human Rights Center considers arresting Otanadze as a violation of the human rights, recognized by the international declaration and normative acts and calls upon the international organizations and diplomatic missions to react.
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