Mikheil Saakashvili’s human rights to be respected, Ambassador Degnan says
Mikheil Saakashvili’s human rights to be respected, Ambassador Degnan says

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan on Monday said, “in terms of rule of law and upholding rule of law, our concern is making sure that Mr Saakashvili’s human rights are respected, that he’s treated with dignity.”

“It’s not for me to weigh in on the merits of a judicial case. Mr. Saakashvili has challenged the sentences against him in the European Court of Human Rights. That is being deliberated, and that is the proper approach for challenging his imprisonment, but in terms of rule of law and upholding rule of law, our concern is making sure that Mr Saakashvili’s human rights are respected, that he’s treated with dignity, that he receives the medical care that he needs, and he receives a fair trial, and we will continue to urge the authorities to respect his human rights,” Ambassador Degnan stated.

Asked about the United National Movement’s initiative over Parliamentary investigative committee into Saakashvili’s case, Ambassador Degnan said: “It’s really not for me to decide whether there should be an investigative committee or not. I believe under the rules of procedure, those are authorized and if there’s enough support for it, then it goes forward. But that is really for the Members of Parliament to determine.”

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