Tbilisi City Court will continue to try into ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili on November 7 episode on November 29 at 11 am.
Today, the court has cancelled the detention measure against Saakashvili regarding the said case. Prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri says “this decision does not affect the six-year prison sentence he has to serve.”
Ex-President has been found guilty for abuse of power over the high-profile murder case of Sandro Girgvliani and organising a physical attack on Valeri Gelashvili. Saakashvili’s lawyer Beka Basilaia believes the imprisonment was a formality to restrict phone usage. “Now, be sure they will break the telephone in prison.”
Basilaia also made a plea for Saakashvili’s attendance at today’s trial, claiming Penitencialy Service “breached” the procedures as “the ex-president’s position regarding the case is unknown. Moreover, they did not notify Saakashvili of the court request to attend.”
Earlier today, Special Penitentiary Service explained they could not take the ex-president to the courtroom due to possible destructive actions that may develop there. It further said Saakashvili’s transfer to the courtroom poses an additional risk to his health as he has halted a substantial part of his treatment.
Following the developments at today’s trial, the prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri has filed a motion to involve Mikheil Saakashvili in the trial from prison or remotely.
Law enforcers arrested Mikheil Saakashvili in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on October 1. He kicked off a hunger striker day after detention. The ex-president is charged with several criminal offences. In 2018, he was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia for abuse of power.