Court hearing on Saakashvili’s case postponed
Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 22
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The preliminary hearing on the Georgian ex-president, Mikheil Saakashvili's case was postponed for Nov. 19.
Saakashvili is being charged with the embezzlement of state funds worth about $5 million. The hearing was to be held at the Tbilisi City Court.
Earlier, the preliminary hearing on this case was scheduled for Sept. 22.
The ex-president's lawyer Otar Kakhidze told reporters today, Sept. 22, that the attorney's office needed more time than planned to draw up an indictment.
Saakashvili, as well as a number of former ministers of the Georgian government are also being accused of abuse of power in a case regarding the dispersal of an opposition rally on Nov. 7, 2007, a raid on the local TV channel Imedi, and seizure of the property of the channel's founder, Badri Patarkatsishvili.
Georgian attorney general's office brought charges against Saakashvili in three criminal cases involving the embezzlement of state funds, abuse of power and beating the Georgian parliament's member, Valeri Gelashvili.
Saakashvili left Georgia immediately after the inauguration of the new president, Giorgi Margvelashvili in Nov. 2013.
The ex-president is in the wanted list in Georgia.
Edited by S.I.