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Interview: Georgia Prison Abuse Whistle-Blower Vladimer Bedukadze

Videos apparently showing inmate abuse in a Tbilisi prison spurred protests in the Georgian capital and in several other cities.
Videos apparently showing inmate abuse in a Tbilisi prison spurred protests in the Georgian capital and in several other cities.
Vladimer Bedukadze, a former prison guard in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, was vaulted from obscurity and into the spotlight this week after videos he leaked apparently showing the abuse of inmates were broadcast on opposition-linked television.

Aired on September 18, the videos have spurred mass protests, official resignations, promises of reform by the Georgian government, and claims of politics at play.

In this exclusive interview from Brussels, Bedukadze spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak.

RFE/RL: Who filmed the videos at the center of this scandal?

Vladimer Bedukadze:
I filmed this video myself on the orders of the prison chief and Interior Minister [Bacho] Akhalaia.

Screen grab of Vladimer Bedukadze from Georgia's Channel 9Screen grab of Vladimer Bedukadze from Georgia's Channel 9
Screen grab of Vladimer Bedukadze from Georgia's Channel 9
Screen grab of Vladimer Bedukadze from Georgia's Channel 9
RFE/RL: When did you film them?

I was filming these videos for one year or more, in 2011 and 2012.

RFE/RL: Why are you in Belgium now?

Bedukadze: I came to Belgium three months ago with the help of a friend who works at the Georgian Interior Ministry and my friend, Giorgi Popkhadze, who is a journalist working for Radio France. I have been waiting for this moment -- for the world to turn its attention to Georgia [and] for this video to lift the mask of the criminal actions of [President Mikheil] Saakashvili and his regime.

RFE/RL: So is it now up to the Belgian government whether you can stay here?

Bedukadze: I have asked for political asylum in Belgium. My family is being held hostage in Georgia and I demand that the Belgian government grant them political asylum, too.

RFE/RL: Several Georgian officials claim that the opposition is behind these videos or their public release, as they have surfaced less than two weeks before parliamentary elections. What do you say to allegations that you were paid off by opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili?

That is preposterous. I have no relationship with Ivanishvili, I don't know him at all. I am apolitical. Saakashvili is bluffing.

RFE/RL: Some officials have charged that you were paid by former police General Tamaz Tamazashvili, who was an inmate at Prison No. 8 when you worked there and who is linked to Ivanishvili. Your response?

Bedukadze: As far as I know, they detained three of my colleagues, prison guards, and they are torturing them to make them testify against me, to say that I have been friends with Tamazashvili and that I received a bribe from him to film these videos. It's a lie, it's slander. I have no relationship with General Tamazashvili, nor have I ever been a member of any opposition parties.

RFE/RL: Do you believe the Georgian government is looking to prosecute you?

Bedukadze: [The Georgian government] put me on a wanted list yesterday and they're looking for me now.
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Comment Sorting
by: Ivane from: Lazika, Georgia
September 20, 2012 06:23
There is the need of Nuremberg Trial in Georgia as well!!!!

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 20, 2012 22:11
It would be really stupid for Saakashvili to have a part in it.
Even if USSR-Russia's telepaths in his head sometime win,
Even if plagiarist-telepaths-red-buts, manipulated by Rashka,
Britain and Germany-Austria imperio-resurect of USA pushing,
Why abuse few of pro-Russia in prison, if rest free to campain?

Russians always where provocateurs, even since 9-th Century,
See movie "The 13-th Warrior", and whole history of Rashkas,
And Tolstoy's "Hadgi Murat", and modern lying "matreshka's,
Like article here "Ukrainians... ...stink", or leuring in a movie
Of anti-Islamic edditing a Georgian actress, or Aim's case.

Anything Russia say or do is a lie, setup and provocation.
To sadisticly destroy and repopulate by Rashkas nations.
The whole "anti-Stalin" stories against non-Russians are
Breed sado-masahist Russia - provoking "blya-blya-blya".

If even Saakashvili said something stupid - one must see
The masses, victims from Shida Kartly to the Black Sea,
Georgians know about genocide that Russia brought than
And try to bring in future. Vors hate Saakashvili - but again,
As criminal as guard aware - pro-Russia death might win.

Sure being ragged men, they might go too far - that is bad.
Democracy must be vigiland - do not sleep in ignorent bed.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
September 21, 2012 20:18
It's just fascinating to see how fast the RFE/RL is able to switch from portraying Georgia as a "beacon of democracy" to portraying it as a country similar to Guantanamo, where people are tortured and the govt is kind of heavily involved in it.
I mean if it was happening for a number of years (which one can easily imagine), so one can be sure that the RFE/RL was well aware of these practices for a long time. Apparently they have just been waiting for some signal from Washington D.C. (given for who knows what reason) in order to release this "sensational" info. Sounds like an attempt to unseat Mischa and - who knows - maybe bad bad Putin is involved in it, as always :-)).
In Response

by: Jack from: US
September 21, 2012 22:38
right on! US government-sponsored freedom fighter Shakes-villi has been asking for too much cash lately.. no matter how much dollars Bernanke prints, it can hardly keep up with ballooning budget deficit in US, much less feed all the needy freedom fighters like Shakes-villi or those in Kosovo or from Free Syrian Army, or in Libya or in Afghanistan, or in Iraq, and in Egypt, etc etc.. those freedom fighters eventually have to go.. Turn is now for Misha to shake-ville bye bye
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 22, 2012 03:31
It doesn't surprise me that Eugenio came again,
After Russia forged another nazi law, "High Treason"
Is now justifies Eugenio and aggressive Russia reasons
They had right kill me, as already killed my mother, for a gain
Lands, like in Georgia, I criticised, and plagiarize ideas of mine.

It simce that Rashka pushing all that came out of East Europe
And former USSR, or of their ansestry, or did criticize Russia,
Or already marked, to avoid assassinations and "parasha",
Run for protection join army of Casey, the Jesuit-Pop.
It makes Putin a spy of Gelena, screaming "Nashi".

As for Eugenio usual Russia-Austria nazi "Lazha",
The issue is anger of Georgia, being genocidized
By Russia invaded Abkhazia in 1992-93, by rozha
Of Russian bestial hate, rised by Ivanishvili's "bet"
And provoked by pro-Rashka in prison overbroiled.

That should be expected, under sucrcomstances,
Georgian prisons, not much better than Russians,
Should be improved even with economy blocades,
However Eugenio shouldn't make his lying dances,
Hoping they murdered my mother and I am silence.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
September 22, 2012 04:55
VIDEO: Saakashvili knew of torture in Georgia prison -
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 23, 2012 04:09
I saw you reference, Eugenio.
A typical "Vladimir" must be "turemsh'ik".
He's more political than claims, he is not genuinio.
He's happy of end of "Orange Revolutions", demanding
"Georgian revolution" also to end in Russian Empire expandio.

Ukraine is formally independent, but your staff write they stink.
Russia stinked at Georgia with nerve gas and 92-93 genocide.
What ultimate and agly stink plan in Viena-Moscow's thinking,
Regarding genocidal Vladimirs, Lenin, Putin and BeduKadze?
Use few enslaved out of 150,000, Russia killed in 1955, to lie?

A resigned minister, Akhalaia - is he from invaded Black Sea?
Some of relatives of Lavrentiy were Venecians-Makroni mixed,
That is not a crime, but few were brilliand as drink of Medichis,
Or Russian Cheremushka, stored in advance by Vladimir pics
And might be part of Russi-CIA murder of my mother 7/7/2012.

Vladimir BeduKidze said only he thought Saaka must of known
Because when he heard he ordered to tape it, to make it public. The only "American link" is would-be damage controll releasing,
Typical for USA government-prevent guilt labeling-up, so what?
Russia still controlls millions slaves of Russian evil stink in CIS.

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