Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia resigns

Wed 19 September 2012 09:45 GMT | 14:45 Local Time

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Khatuna Kalmakhelidze

Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze appealed to the Prime Minister about resignation.

Khatuna Kalmakhelidze stated about this in statement.

“All that has occurred in the Gldani N8 penitentiary facility is absolutely horrifying to me and in this regards, I have appealed to the Prime Minister about my resignation. Humanely, I am deeply sorry for what happened there and I want to take on humane and of course, political responsibility myself. During my ministerial time I tried, and I did my best to ensure that human rights were protected and that the penitentiary system was in compliance with European standards, but it appears that this effort was not enough, because similar incidents had taken place, about which I am very sorry and It does not matter who organized it.

Prisoners' rights should be protected in Georgia, so everything should be done for this. I tried to do everything to ensure that human rights were protected, I tried to put myself in the prisoners and their family members’ shoes through the reforms that are taking place in the Ministry, and of course, first of all I would like to point out that I am very sorry about all the victims, and I hope that all the persons responsible for this will be punished", - said Khatuna Kalmakhelidze in the statement

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