U.S. senators disappointed by Georgia’s decision to press charges against ex-president

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Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
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U.S. senators Ron Johnson and Chris Murphy are disappointed with the decision of Georgian authorities to start investigation against the country's former President Mikheil Saakashvili, a statement posted on Murphy's official website said.

The document highlights that Georgia's ruling coalition systematically pursues charges against its political opponents.

"We are deeply disappointed by the decision of Georgia's Chief Prosecutor to press charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who cooperated in Georgia's first peaceful transition of power in post-Soviet history. While we appreciate the goal of preventing a culture of impunity for government officials, the prosecution of Georgia's former President - in addition to the former Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Defense Minister, and Chief Prosecutor - contributes to the perception that the ruling coalition is systematically pursuing charges against their political opponents," the statement of the U.S. senators said.

On July 29, Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili was charged in absentia with abuse of power for his handling of political protests that turned violent in November 2007 and seizing the Imedi TV from its owner Badri Patarkatsishvili.

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