The court will determine whether to postpone custody if the sentence is incompatible with a person’s health, stated Tea Tsulukiani, Georgian Minister of Culture, Sports, and Youth Affairs.
According to Tsulukiani, the Georgian court is independent, and no one, not even the President, should ever consider influencing a judge to make a verdict.
When queried about ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s case, Tsulukiani stated that the President’s previous position was not to pardon Saakashvili.
“I sincerely hope that this viewpoint has not altered. Understandably, she (President Salome Zourabichvili) cannot openly defend this stance any longer. However, as a citizen, I’d like to know whether anything changed on her part, and if so, why. Arguments are required when an official decides within the area of discretion, but I hope her negative attitude toward Saakashvili’s pardoning has not changed,” Tsulukiani remarked.
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili on November 24 said “the report on the extent of the damage to ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s health should be filed with the court and I’m hoping the court will perform at its heights.” Zourabichvili said she was careful about Saakashvili’s health.