Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Ex-president Saakashvili found guilty in Girgvliani case

Ex-president Saakashvili found guilty in Girgvliani case

A court in Georgia sentenced on Friday the country´s former president Mikheil Saakashvili to three years in prison in absentia for abuse of power.

The court added that Saakashvili had pardoned high-ranking officials involved in the Girgvliani murder as a result relieving them of responsibility that violated the rights of the bank official's family and the state's interests, Sputnik reported.

"The decision contradicts laws, global law and common sense", he said in a Facebook post.

"The "verdict" of the Georgian court, which is under the full control of Gazprom's largest private shareholder, Ivanishvili, against me is completely illegal and contradicts all global, national norms and common sense", Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

But this "verdict", as well as the trial in Kiev, demonstrates that oligarchs who came to power in Georgia and Ukraine are acting synchronously and coordinate against me as a leader of the fight against corruption, oligarchy and people's robbery.

Petro O. Poroshenko, who became Ukraine's president after the ouster of Viktor F. Yanukovych, rewarded him with citizenship and a position as regional governor in Odessa.

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Saakashvili said the world knew that Russian President Vladimir Putin "has been demanding both Georgian and Ukrainian authorities to implement repressive measures" against him.

The Ukrainian leader past year stripped Saakashvili of his citizenship while he was overseas; Saakashvili returned to Ukraine in September and has led a series of protests against the government. He was officially charged in Georgia in 2014, however, by the time his case went through court he was already in Ukraine.

He said any move to extradite him to Georgia "would cause a change of power in Georgia and probably in Ukraine, too".

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

Politics in Georgia are now dominated by a coalition headed by the Georgian Dream party, which arose in opposition to Saakashvili.

He did not provide evidence to back up the assertion.

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