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Georgian Parliament Speaker Promises No Politically Motivated Prosecutions

Georgia's parliament speaker David Usupashvili
Georgia's parliament speaker David Usupashvili
Georgia's parliament speaker says there will be no politically motivated prosecutions in his country.

Speaking in Vilnius after talks with his Lithuanian counterpart, Loreta Grauziniene, on November 6, Davit Usupashvili said that neither outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili nor anyone else would face politically motivated charges.

Last month, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili publicly said Saakashvili may face legal prosecution after he leaves office this month.

In an interview with RFE/RL this week, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt cautioned Georgia about taking possible criminal proceedings against Saakashvili.

On November 3, Saakashvili pardoned former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia, who was sentenced last month to nearly four years in prison for using excessive force in suppressing a 2006 prison riot.

He remains in custody, as he still faces abuse-of-power charges.

A number of Saakashvili allies are awaiting trials, which they say are politically motivated.

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