Georgia releases 10 Turks jailed in prison: report

08:39, May 11, 2011      

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Georgian authorities have released 10 Turkish nationals jailed on various charges after complaints were filed about unfair treatment against Turks in courts and prisons, Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday.

More Turks may be released soon, the report quoted unnamed diplomatic sources as saying, without mentioning when the 10 Turks were freed.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said in March it had received a number of complaints regarding the treatment of Turkish nationals in Georgian courts and prisons, including Turks being detained or convicted without proof and others being denied access to a fair trial.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu was following the issue and discussed Turkey's concerns with Georgian authorities during a visit to Georgia in February, according to the report.

It said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan reportedly thanked Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri for the releases on Monday when the two met on the sidelines of a UN conference being held in Istanbul.

Source: Xinhua
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