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    GEORGIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMAND ARREST OF EX-PRESIDENT EDUARD SHEVARDNADZE

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    TBILISI, March 1, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- The Association of Human Rights Protection, which is a Georgian non-governmental organization, demands the institution of criminal proceedings against former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze and his arrest. About ten members of the association held an action making such demands this Monday near the residence of Eduard Shevardnadze in the Tbilisi suburbs of Krtsanisi.

    "Shevardnadze is to blame that Georgia has been bogged down in corruption and the country's territorial integrity has been violated," the Association's President Giorgy Kervalishvili told journalists. It should be recalled that as a result of armed conflicts in the early 1990s, the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia went out of Tbilisi's control.

    "Shevardnadze must be held responsible for what he has done in his life. That is why, we demand from the Georgian General Prosecutor's Office to launch criminal proceedings against Shevardnadze and arrest him. The public wants to know the truth and demands an objective investigation into all the facts of the violation of human rights, to which Shevardnadze has direct relation," the president of the Georgian human rights organization said.

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