Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison. For what
Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison. For what
Saakashvili sentenced in absentia to prison for abuse of office as president of Georgia
In Georgia, the former president is accused of pardoning murderers.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was found guilty of abuse of power and sentenced in absentia to three years in prison.
The verdict of the Tbilisi City Court creates grounds for Saakashvili’s extradition from the territory of Ukraine.
Correspondent.net understood the verdict of Saakashvili.
Malicious abuse of authority
Former Georgian President, now a Ukrainian politician, Mikheil Saakashvili was found guilty of malicious abuse of authority as head of state and sentenced in absentia by the Tbilisi City Court to three years in prison, the Georgian prosecutor’s office said.
Saakashvili is also limited for one year and five months in the right to hold public office.
According to the prosecutor’s office and the court, the President’s malicious excess of official powers consisted in pardoning high-ranking police officers in 2008.
Those were convicted of kidnapping the employee of the United Georgian bank Sandro Girgvliani.
In the message of the prosecutor’s office it is noted that Saakashvili knew that high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were involved in the murder of Girgvliani.
The media reported that the prosecutor was booed in the courthouse. Whether the lawyer will appeal the decision of the court is not yet known.
Saakashvili himself on Facebook wrote that he considers the verdict illegal.
The «verdict» of the Georgian court, which is under the full control of Gazprom’s largest private shareholder [former Prime Minister Bidzina] Ivanishvili, against me is completely illegal and contrary to all international, national norms and common sense, «Saakashvili said.
The fact that he is tried for using the right to pardon, in the opinion of the ex-president, speaks about the political nature of the case, as well as the fact that the new authorities in the country have not found any more significant compromising evidence in five years.
Saakashvili believes that the Ukrainian and Georgian «oligarchic» authorities act in coordination and called themselves «the leader of the fight against corruption, oligarchy and looting of the people.»
Saakashvili has pardoned the killers
As the court established, Mikheil Saakashvili promised to officers of the Georgian Interior Ministry Mikhail Bibiluridze, Gerontia Alania, Avtandil Aptsiauri and Alexander Gachev to pardon the commission authorized to do this before the verdict in 2006.
The ambulance was promised to the policemen in exchange for a silence that the order for kidnapping and beating Sandro Girgvliani — a young man fled, fell into a ravine and died — came from the top leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the immediate circle of the president himself.
In the last days of January 2006, the 28-year-old Girgvliani, along with his friend Levan Bukhaidze, visited the Café Sharden bar in the center of Tbilisi.
In the bar at that time were the head of the Department of Constitutional Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Date Akhalaia, his deputy Oleg Melnikov, the chief of the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vasily Sanodze, the head of the Public Relations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Guram Donadze, the wife of the Minister of Internal Affairs Tako Salakaya, and the acquaintance of Sandro Girgvliani — Tamara Maisuradze .
Soon, during a conversation with Girvglyani with Donadze a quarrel occurred. On the same day, Girgvliani’s body was found in the village of Okrokana (a suburb of Tbilisi) with signs of violent death.
The case received a wide response. On February 22, 2006, deputies of the opposition factions of the New Right and Democratic Front demanded that Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili be invited to parliament and dismissed suspected MVD employees.
In response, Merabishvili said that he was not going to dismiss anyone.
In early March, officers of the Department of Constitutional Security Gia Alania, Avtandil Aptsiauri, Alexander Kachava and Mikhail Bibiluridze were detained, who confessed that on January 28, Sandro Girgvliani was kidnapped and taken to the forest where they started beating him.
They claim that Girgviliani fled, after which he «lost his way and fell into the gorge from a 20-meter height.»
A few days later, in the capital and other cities of Georgia, thousands of car owners signaled for several minutes protesting against the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and demanding his resignation.
A few hours later, Saakashvili held a live press conference, calling Merabishvili «a good minister» and refused to dismiss him.
In May, the mother of the murdered Irina Enukidze told a press conference that the family was offered «any money» for silence during the investigation and threatened with force.
In July 2006, the accused of the murder of officers were sentenced to seven to eight years in prison. Three years later, they were released on parole after President Saakashvili’s decision reduced the sentence by half.
The Girgvliani family, having learned about the release of the convicts, filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights, which in 2011 ordered the Georgian government to pay the family 50 thousand euros.
After the change of power in Georgia in 2012, the former head of the Interior Ministry, former prime minister Vano Merabishvili and several other high-ranking officials were brought to justice. So, Merabishvili was sentenced to three years in prison for falsifying data in an official document.
Soon, Saakashvili was charged with «abuse of power».
He is also in Georgia on other criminal cases: the embezzlement of public funds for personal needs, the abuse of authority in the case of the dispersal of the action on November 7, 2007, the beating of Valery Gelashvili, a member of parliament.