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Saakashvili denies embezzlement charge in Facebook post

by | Aug 14, 2014
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Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili denies new charges that he spent money meant for the special protection service on his own lavish life style.

Prosecutors in Georgia charged him Wednesday with having spent 8.8 million lari (USD 5.2 million) of money set aside for SSPS, a guard service protecting the president, on luxury hotels, holidays, cars and other items for himself and his associates.

“As it seems, nothing can stop Georgian Dream leaders to damage the reputation of our country. Their thirst for revenge and desire to please their Russian friends is excessive,” Saakashvili, who left Georgia after the presidential election in October, 2013, he wrote on his Facebook page.

“First they accused me of stealing billions, but since they couldn’t find a single coin appropriated by me, now they claim I embezzled eight million and try to prove that I am guilty of fabrication of facts,” he writes.

The government is spending all its resources on persecution and detention of Georgian patriots, while refuse to support friend country Ukraine.

“History will judge for what they did, but before that, the best part of the Georgian nation will find place for them,” he wrote.

Saakashvili is charged in a case concerning the violent dispersal of anti-government demonstrations on November 7, 2007, and for breaking into the office of Imedi TV. Another charge is about the beating of former parliamentarian Valeri Gelashvili.



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