Published: 15 Feb 2011

Tsintsabadze v Georgia

Case Summary

Case No. 35403/06
Judgement date: 15 February 2011

The applicant’s son, Zurab Tsintsabadze, was serving a three-year prison sentence for an offence committed at his former wife’s home. On 30 September 2005 he was found hanged in the prison’s storeroom. The official autopsy concluded that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia by hanging.

The applicant consistently denied that her son had committed suicide. On examining the body herself, she found injuries suggesting that her son had been beaten. She claimed that he had been killed and hanged afterwards to conceal the murder. Despite the existence of evidence to support this claim, the deceased’s death was treated as suicide from the outset and the investigation into the facts surrounding the death was limited. On 13 July 2006, the Public Defender requested that a public prosecution be initiated. However, the regional prosecutor dismissed the case due to lack of evidence.