Eight NGOs, including Transparency International Georgia and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, have criticized Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani for releasing a video earlier today which depicts the monitoring process in a prison by an employee of the Georgian Public Defender’s Office.
Tsulukiani showed the video in parliament after Public Defender Nino Lomjaria presented a report regarding the situation in four Georgian prisons.
Tsulukiani told Lomjaria that the conduct of several of her employees “is not proper” and they are also “inadequately dressed” while visiting prisons.
Your representative drinks coffee boiled by a prisoner smokes his cigarette, eats his chocolate and uses his toilet,” Tsulukiani told Lomjaria.
The NGOs say that though releasing the video Tsulukiani violated the law.
The action also contradicts international obligations taken by Georgia. We believe that the minister’s political responsibility must be raised,” the NGOs say.
The NGOs stated that even if the meeting of the Public Defender’s Office employee with an inmate or other individuals was filmed, ‘releasing such videos is absolutely unacceptable.’
Lomjaria says that she saw “nothing illegal or unusual in the video, while there will be question marks raised regarding the release of the video.”
Tsulukiani said that the video “ was recorded legally and such videos are saved according to the recommendation of a public defender.”