“Prison watchers” or Bidzina Ivanishvili? – Who did Public Defender speak about?

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On January 20, Facebook profile Tamaz Chikhladze published a photo of Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria with the following comment: “Nino Lomjaria, “public defender”: Georgian penitentiary system is governed by informal “thief-in-law” Bidzina Ivanishvili”.

As of 14:30, January 21, the post has 61 reactions,80 comments, and 27 shares. The aforesaid account shared the post on the Facebook page სოხუმი აფხახეთი საქართველო (Sokhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia).

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Quote disseminated in the name of the Public Defender is fake. Nino Lomjaria spoke about the situation in prisons and the management model of criminal subculture in the press briefing on January 20, however she didn’t mention Bidzina Ivanishvili. The Public Defender emphasized so-called “prison watchers” who hamper their representatives during visits and monitoring at the penitentiary establishments

Quote published by Tamaz Chikhla Quote published by Tamaz Chikhladze and attributed to Nino Lomjaria’s statement is fake and aims to discredit Nino Lomjaria. The aforesaid quote cannot be found in open sources.

Photo published by the Facebook profile is from Nino Lomjaria’s press briefing on January 20, where she spoke about the informal hierarchy of prisoners in semi-open penitentiary establishments and so called “prison watchers”. Lomjaria notes that “prison watchers” hamper representatives of the Public Defender and pose a threat during their visits and monitoring at the penitentiary establishments. Lomjaria in her press briefing called on the Government of Georgia and other organs to take immediate measures to change the criminal management in prisons. In the press briefing, Nino Lomjaria didn’t mention Bidzina Ivanishvili. She denied making such  statement to the “Myth Detector” as well.

On January 20, Facebook profile Tamaz Chikhladze published two more posts discrediting Nino Lomjaria. In one of the posts, he writes that when it comes to Lomjaria, “there are a lot of requests of pre-term termination of authority and withdrawal”.

A fake quote of Nino Lomjaria was also disseminated in 2020 alleging that Lomjaria requested to ban “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”. Tamazi Tamaziko was one of the Facebook profiles disseminating the aforesaid fake quote.

Read more on the topic in the article prepared by Myth Detector:


Post archive: Tamaz Chikhladze


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