Published: 1 Dec 2006 | By Ana Dolidze

Georgian police shooting to kill – incompetence or policy?


The conduct of Georgian police forces under the Saakashvili government has been subject to significant criticism, particularly in relation to so-called ‘special’ operations. During the period of 2005-2006, 73 such operations were conducted, resulting in 25 deaths. Yet investigations into injury or death during arrest operations were opened in only four cases.

In this article, Ana Dolidze considers the arguments suggesting that such killings are attributable either to police incompetence or to a goverment policy of cracking down on organised crime. To read the full article, click on the link below.