Georgia said it will continue criminal prosecution of ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili, transformed into the citizenship of Ukraine, but said that Kyiv now has more reason to defend the current head of Odessa, reports journalist OPINION in Tbilisi.
the head of the Ministry of justice of Georgia Tea tsulukiani said deprived of Georgian citizenship, the ex-President of the Odessa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili and the Georgian justice system, accusing Him on four articles of the criminal code that now " costs the Ukrainian state as a defending Player ".
"Saakashvili is already a citizen of another country. It protects other state. If the trial confirms His guilt (ex-President faces up to eleven years in prison in the homeland) and become the issue of extradition, He will be more protected than at that moment, when he was a citizen of Georgia, " she said. However, she said, because it's unprecedented, when " the former commander-in-chief and twice the head of the refuses from the citizenship of their country ". On the last working day of the week the head of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has revoked the citizenship of former President, because he is a citizen of Ukraine, as it contradicts the Constitution of Georgia. With private parties the chief Prosecutor of Georgia Irakli Shotadze said that for His Department in terms of criminal prosecution Saakashvili, nothing has changed after the deprivation of His citizenship. He said that all cases against Saakashvili are at the trial stage. According to Him, Ukraine will not extradite Saakashvili. However, as explained Irakli Shotadze, If anywhere abroad, Saakashvili will be detained as an accused due to the resolution of the Georgian court, it will not matter whether It has Ukrainian citizenship." this case settles the issue of the allegations from the Georgian side ", - said the chief Prosecutor. Director George Margvelashvili said that the refusal of His predecessor from the Georgian citizenship " deserves in the political sense only heavy assessments that the former leader had insulted the country and the institution of the presidency ". The ex-President said that at home he is "very afraid" and called the denationalization was a " political issue ".