TBILISI, DFWatch–Saakashvili is Georgia’s ‘very sad past’ says Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili while commenting recent developments in Ukraine.
“Mikheil Saakashvili is the political past of our country, a very sad past, and it is very unfortunate, what we see now [in Ukraine]. As for the legal aspects of this, it is better having comments from the institutions which are responsible in this regards,” Giorgi Kvirikashvili said on Tuesday at the Tbilisi international conference “A World in Flux: The Future of Democracy, Europe and the Middle East.”
On Saturday evening, Mikheil Saakashvili assisted by his supporters burst into Ukrainian territory by force, despite efforts by the the country’s authorities to block his entrance, which was announced weeks in advance.
The same statement was made by the Minister of Justice of Georgia.
“Saakashvili as a politician of the past. The only one which is interested in Saakashvili is the Georgian prosecutor’s office, because his is being charged in four significant cases,” Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani said, commenting on the legal issues surrounding Saakashvili’s case.
“Everything has been done by our side so that the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Justice have documentations both in contextual and formal formats. We have carried out all the procedures and now we expect the Ukrainian state’s decision,” she said.
Georgia’s former president is charged in four separate cases, including embezzlement of public money, organizing of beating of an opposition MP, assault on and forcible shutting down of opposition TV Imedi and his role in making obstacles to justice in the case of murder of a young banker, Sandro Girgvliani. Saakashvili himself partly accepted his responsibility in the last case, but denies all other charges.