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Georgia’s new president rules out putting Saakashvili on trial

by | Oct 28, 2013
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There won’t be any political prosecutions in Georgia, says newly elected president Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Giorgi Margvelashvili, who is to be the fourth president of Georgia after the inauguration on November 17, promises that there won’t be political prosecution in the country.

Monday he appeared next to Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili at a post-election press conference.

Answering a question from a Ukrainian journalists, who asked whether Mikheil Saakashvili will be prosecuted or not, Margvelashvili ruled out any politically motivated prosecutions.

Saakashvili has said that the Ivansihvili government has plans to arrest him, even though there has never been made any official statements about detaining him for anything. The international community has recommended Georgia to not engage in politically motivated prosecutions.

Margvelashvili said on Monday that the president doesn’t have any prosecutorial powers and there won’t be political prosecution. He will be the ‘moral and political guarantee’ of this.

“A legal state is what USA, Europe were built on, and this is fundamental for our statehood,” he added.



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