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Amnestied Georgian Prisoners Demand Compensation

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has opposed the amnesty
Inmates released following an amnesty for political prisoners in Georgia are demanding financial compensation from the government.

Georgia's government passed a law last month designating 190 people as political prisoners.

They were released on January 13, a day after the law was signed by the parliamentary speaker, David Usupashvili.

President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose party is a minority in the parliament, refused to sign the law, calling it a mistake.

He has described the prisoners as criminals and Russian spies.

Saakashvili's party was defeated in October's parliamentary elections by the Georgian Dream coalition led by Saakashvili's rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Parliamentary deputy Eka Beselia said that all the cases of the political prisoners should be declassified so that "society can see that those inmates were, in fact, Saakashvili's hostages and personal prisoners."

Based on reporting by and Interfax