Ex-Georgian president criticizes Georgian court's jail sentence on him

Ex-Georgian president criticizes Georgian court's jail sentence on him

Ex-Georgian president criticizes Georgian court's jail sentence on him

A Tbilisi court on Friday sentenced former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison for abusing his powers in a murder case of a banker in 2006.

"The "verdict" of the Georgian court.is completely illegal and contradicts all worldwide and national norms", Saakashvili wrote on Facebook. "This 'decision, ' as well as the parallel legal process in Kiev, clearly demonstrates that the oligarchic governments in both Ukraine and Georgia are working - in a synchronized and completely coordinated fashion with each other - against me".

It is no secret that for these years Vladimir Putin has been demanding from the Georgian and Ukrainian authorities to carry out repressive measures against me.

Now, Mr. Saakashvili wrote, Mr. Ivanishvili and President Poroshenko are coordinating the legal actions against him in Ukraine and Georgia. "It was impossible to deliver a guilty verdict in the case in accordance with the law", Goglichidze said.

Girgvliani, 28, who headed the foreign departments of United Georgian Bank, was found dead on January 28, 2006 on the outskirts of the capital Tbilisi, after he was seen arguing in a bar with the high-ranking officials of the interior ministry.

Saakashvili was the president of Georgia when Girgvliani was killed and issued presidential pardons for four Georgian men who were convicted of murder in the case in 2006.

But the government that succeeded him quickly set about prosecuting him.

Currently, Saakashvili serves as a leader of the Ukrainian oppositional political party "Movement of New Forces". Georgia has requested Saakashvili's extradition but Ukraine has not complied. The President said the reaction of Saakashvili's government to Girgvliani's murder case had caused "extreme concern in the Georgian society from the very beginning", but added that it was "alarming" that the Prosecutor's Office had used the President's constitutional right "as a reason for launching prosecution".

Saakashvili opposed the court ruling, saying it was "unlawful".

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