Tbilisi Court of Appeals did not change the previous verdict delivered by Tbilisi City Court in January this year and found the third president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili guilty for abuse of power over the high-profile murder case of Sandro Girgvliani in 2006.
Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison in absentia and was deprived of the right to take any state post for one year and five months.
Saakashvili’s lawyers say that the verdict is unfair and the former president was sentenced for using his constitutional right to pardon inmates.
The judge said that the ex-president abused his official powers when he pardoned former law enforcers arrested for the Girgvliani case without the participation of the Pardon Commission.
In Georgia, the president is the only authorised person to pardon inmates but he must do so only with the consultation of the Pardon Commission.
The today’s verdict can be appealed to the Supreme Court of Georgia, which is the highest court in Georgia.
Three other cases are filed in Georgia with Saakashvili as a defendant:
Saakashvili served as Georgia’s third president from 2004-2007 and again from 2008-2013.