Daily News header

Ex-Georgian Leader Faces Criminal Charges on Abuse of Power

By     get stories by email

Former Georgian leader to be arrested

A Georgian court issued an arrest warrant for former president Mikheil Saakashvili on charges of abuse of power.

The ex-leaders' camp asserted the ruling is politically motivated and triggered concern from Western leaders as well.

According to media reports, the Tblisi City Court issued the order for Saakashvili and two other prominent officials on the same charges.

gior
Giorgi Margvelashvili is the current president, and therefore the head of state of Georgia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Saakashvili is facing charges of abuse of power and use of excessive force against protesters in Tbilisi in November 2007.

The former leader has been living abroad since his presidency ended in November.

The ruling against the former leader has created clamor and threatened stability throughout the country of 4.5 million especially as economic crisis continues to plague the country.

Saakashvili, 46, came to power in the bloodless and peaceful "Rose Revolution" of 2004.

Last week, Mr. Saakashvili denied the accusations and pointed out instead that the former prime minister and head of Georgian Dream, Bidzina Ivanishvili is involved in manipulating the judiciary.

US Expresses Concern of the Charges Against Mr. Saakashvili

In a press statement in Washington DC, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the United States is concerned by the filing of criminal charges against former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

She highlighted that commitment to the rule of law means both that everyone must comply with the law in a democratic society and that the legal system should not be used as a tool of political retribution.

Currently, the US is monitoring this and related cases closely, and continue to stress to Georgian officials the importance of rigorous adherence to due process and the rule of law.

Georgia's judiciary has been known for harsh sentences, a lack of bail and what they called an excessive use of detention.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related World News News

Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the security wall will help secure the border and reduce Alshabaab terrorist attacks.
State Agriculture and Panchayat and Rural development minister Rockybul Hussain said the 8 groups are: ULFA(I), NDFB(S), KPLT, KLO, HuM, MULTA, CPI(Maoist) and JMB(Module)
Kimberly Jones investigates two new chlorine gas attacks made on small towns in Idlib by the Assad Regime as many were already tucked in bed.
Inhabitants of the locality claimed that a group of poachers equipped with sophisticated arms is active in the area and are poaching wild animals regularly for trading.
Syrian activists accused the Assad regime of dropping four barrel bombs, two of which contained chlorine gas. Nearly 100 people suffered breathing problems.
Kimberly Jones investigates how the Iran Nuclear Deal has impacted the Syrian perspective, as well as, the US allies in the Middle East. The US appears to be walking on thin ice!

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site