TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian prosecutors will not question ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. The investigation continues without his testimony.
Deputy Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze said on Thursday that Saakashvili failed to do his citizen duty and come for interrogation.
In light of the importance of the cases, he said, the investigations are now proceeding without him.
“Even though we offered Saakashvili to be questioned from a distance, he refused. That’s why the investigations will continue without questioning Mikheil Saakashvili,” Shotadze said.
He added that investigators will look for evidence and try to find the truth without Saakashvili’s assistance.
Shotadze also explained that the ex-president won’t be declared a wanted person because that may only be done when a person is charged.
A few weeks ago, the Prosecutor’s Office summoned the ex-president to be questioned in ten criminal cases including the death of his own prime minister, but he didn’t show up.
Later, Saakashvili also refused to be questioned via Skype and said he only agrees to give testimony in court during a trial in specific cases.