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TBILISI, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. If former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili fails to turn up for questioning in the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office as a witness in several criminal cases, he will be put on wanted list, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili said on Monday.
Saakashvili “should turn up for questioning, because he had served as the Georgian president for 9 years, and the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office has many questions for him in several important cases,” the prime minister said in an interview with newspaper Kviris Palitra. “If Saakashvili does not arrive in Georgia and does not show up for questioning, the prosecutor’s office will act according to the law, and Saakashvili will be put on wanted list,” Garibashvili stated.
“If he does not come to Georgia and turn up for questioning, Saakashvili will confirm that he does not respect Georgian people and his homeland and acted only in his personal interests,” the prime minister said.
It is already clear that Saakashvili does not intend to arrive in Georgia and cooperate with the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office. The former president currently staying in the Netherlands has made a statement to this effect in an interview with Tbilisi TV company Rustavi-2 on March 22.
On March 22, the Prosecutor General’s Office stated that Saakashvili was summoned for questioning as a witness in several criminal cases, the ex-president should come to the prosecutor’s office on March 27. The Prosecutor General’s Office intends to question Saakashvili over pardoning of convicts jailed for murder of employee of the United Bank of Georgia Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. Four convicts in this criminal case were pardoned by a decree of the then Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, in 2008.
The general prosecutor also have some questions to the former president “in the scope of criminal cases that are at their final stage”, including the death case of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, a special operation to curb a mutiny of Georgian battalion in Mukhrovani in 2009, illegal actions against the family of businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili and embezzlement case or around 9 million laris (more than $5 million) in the special state guard service in 2009-2012.