Georgian court sentences Saakashvili in absentia

A Tbilisi city court found former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili guilty of abuse of power in connection with a 2006 murder case and sentenced him to three years in prison, RFE/RL reports. The court found Saakashvili guilty of covering up evidence of the murder of Georgian banker Sandro Girgvliani and of wrongfully issuing pardons for four men who were convicted of the murder. Saakashvili, who currently is an opposition leader in Ukraine, rejects the charges as being politically motivated. Though Ukrainian President Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship over an unrelated matter, Kiev has thus far rejected Tbilisi’s requests to extradite Saakashvili to Georgia.


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