Georgian ex-president Saakashvili may end up in prison from five to eight years

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Tbilisi, Georgia, July 29

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The Georgian Prosecutor's Office announced about filing a criminal case against ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on July 28.

The Georgian ex-president is accused of illegal dispersal of the peaceful rally on November 7, 2007, appropriation of "Imedi" TV company and misappropriation of businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili's property.

Saakashvili is accused of exceeding his authority on these three cases, the Georgian prosecutor's office said, adding that some more cases involving Saakashvili also exist, and they are being reviewed.

It should be stressed that this accusation was announced after Saakashvili did not appear for questioning as a witness to the Georgian Chief Prosecutor's Office at 11:00 on July 28.

The prosecutor's office believes that the mentioned charges, besides Saakashvili, must apply to ex-Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, Defense Minister David Kezerashvili, Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava, brothers Bacho and Data Akhalaia, other government officials.

The prosecutor's office says all three crimes were committed by Saakashvili's direct order. If found guilty, Saakashvili is facing imprisonment from five to eight years.

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