The “Cartographers’ case” has been sent to Strasbourg.

The “Cartographers’ case” has been sent to Strasbourg. Iveri Melasvhili and Natalia Ilichova have applied to the European Court of Human Rights. The application has been developed by Davit Jandieri representing the interests of the applicants before the ECtHR. The application was prepared in collaboration with Iveri Melashvili’s and Natalia Ilichova’s representatives and with support of “Open Society Georgia Foundation”.

The applicants argue violations of several articles of the European Convention. The application concerns the period of detention and custody of the applicants from October 7th 2020 until January 28th 2021. There is a special emphasis in the document on the restriction of the right to liberty for a purpose incompatible with the European Convention. Namely, the applicants claim that their detention was a part of the political agenda of the ruling party.

Iveri Melashvili and Natalia Ilichova’s case is being examined on the merits by the Tbilisi City Court. Giorgi Mshvenieradze and Eduard Marikashvili are representing Iveri Melashvili’s interests and Natalia Ilichova is represented by Nestan Londaridze, Sulkhan Komakhidze and Giorgi Makharadze.