A Georgian court sentenced Saakashvili to three years in prison
Georgian court sentenced in absentia former President Mikheil Saakashvili to three years in prison. This is the first verdict against Mr. Saakashvili, creating the grounds for his extradition to Georgia.
According to prosecutors and the court, willful abuse of official authority President was to pardon high-ranking officials to the police in 2009. They were convicted of abduction of the employee “United Georgian Bank” Sandro Girgvliani.
As found by the court, Mikhail Saakashvili, even before the verdict in 2006, promised the police officer an ambulance freedom in exchange for silence about the fact that the order for the kidnapping and beating of Sandro Girgvliani, a young man ran away, fell into a ravine and died — came from the top management of the Ministry of internal Affairs and entourage of the President.
Mr. Girgvliani during a private argument in a Tbilisi bar in January 2006, verbally abused the closest associates of Mikhail Saakashvili’s power structures. Presidential pardon to the convicted policeman was to reduce his sentence by half. Then they were released on PAROLE.
Attorney booed at the courthouse. Whether a lawyer to appeal the decision of the court is not yet known.
Recall that in late October, Saakashvili said that the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine is preparing documents for his arrest and extradition to Tbilisi. The General Prosecutor’s office of Georgia has confirmed that the former President was arrested in absentia and will be placed in a detention facility in case of extradition to his homeland. However, the authorities in Tbilisi could face mass protest actions of supporters of Mr. Saakashvili.