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Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

Tamara Mearakishvili, a leading activist in South Ossetia, who is currently under trial for slandering the territory's ruling party. (photo: Tamara Mearakishvili)

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and journalists is set to continue after a court rejected her appeal on charges of slander.

The Akhalgori-based journalist Tamara Mearakishvili is charged with “violating the dignity and honor” of the ruling United Ossetia party.

On December 15, a court in the territory’s de facto capital of Tskhinvali rejected an appeal by Mearakishvili, against the first-instance ruling of “slander” (article 128 of the Russian criminal code, which is applied throughout the self-declared territory).

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Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

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