Georgian thieves in law's to be transfered to new prison due to poor conditions
Prison No. 7 in the capital of Georgia, famous for being the 'popular' place of detention for thieves in law and other members of the thieves' community, will be closed in the near future.
This was announced by Deputy Minister of Corrections and Probation of Georgia Zviyad Mihhanashvili in a recent TV interview.
The Georgian thieves in law serving their sentence will be transferred to a new closed-type prison in the village of Laituri in western Georgia, the construction of which is about to be completed, Echo Kavkaza reports.
The representative of the Ministry of Probation noted that prisoners would be transferred to the new prison after the last infrastructural works, but he did not confirm its location in Laituri.
Closed Prison No. 7 is located in Tbilisi, in the basement of the Georgian Interior Ministry building in Ortachala. It had repeatedly been criticized for poor prison conditions by representatives of human rights organizations. In 2015, several inmates of the prison No. 7 went on hunger strike demanding to improve the detention and medical conditions.
According to Head of Penal Reform International NGO Tsira Chanturiya, the institution is not intended for long-term stay of prisoners. Neither its infrastructure nor sanitary conditions comply with this requirement.