Saakashvili sentenced to three years in prison, should he return to Georgia


January 5, 2018 – FRN – 

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Vesti– translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The Tbilisi court, in absentia, sentenced ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili to three years in prison after considering the case of the murder of the employee of the United Bank of Georgia Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. 

The politician was accused of abuse of authority in November 2008, which consisted of pardoning officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Gerontia Alaniya, Mikhail Bibiluridze, Avtandil Aptsiauri and Alexander Gachava who were convicted of this crime, bypassing the relevant commission.

The accusations of Girgvliani were brought against Saakashvili in 2014.

Mikhail Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013 a few days before the expiration of his term, then resided in the US and Ukraine. In 2014, in Georgia, charges were brought against Saakashvili in organizing reprisals against participants in the rally of November 7, 2007, as well as in the illegal intrusion into the building of the Imedi TV channel.

In addition, the ex-president of Georgia was accused of embezzling state funds, illegally appropriating the property of businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, organizing an attack on MP Valery Gelashvili in 2005 and obstructing the investigation of the murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani.

In May 2015, Saakashvili received the passport of Ukraine, in December 2015 his Georgian citizenship was terminated. On July 26, 2017, by decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Saakashvili was also deprived of Ukrainian citizenship.

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