The 10-member expertise group of Empathy – Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture – concluded that Archil Tatunashvili, Georgian soldier, was tortured in occupied Tskhinvali region with different methods during his imprisonment that caused his death.
The conclusion was prepared based on Istanbul Protocol, Minnesota Protocol and guidelines of the World Health Organization. The conclusion now represents one of the main evidences in the lawsuit “Tatunashvili vs. Russian Federation, which Empathy prepared and will submit to the European Court of Human Rights on August 22.
Based on the expertise, more than 100 traces of inflicted injuries and traumas were found on Tatunashvili’s body that confirms that de-facto authorities physically assaulted Tatunashvili in Tskhinvali isolator of prosecutor’s office or security service that led to Tatunashvili’s death and can be qualifiesd as inhuman treatment and torture as per UN Convention. Also according to the conclusion, items used for torture are identified as well.