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Saakashvili Associate Summoned By Georgian Prosecutor

A close associate of Georgia's former President Mihkeil Saakashvili has been summoned by prosecutors for questioning.

The prosecutor's office said on April 4 that Giga Bokeria, the secretary of the opposition United National Movement party, will be questioned later in the day as a "witness" in connection to investigation into state funds misspending.

No more details were given.

Bokeria, who served as secretary of the National Security Council in 2010-13, said the prosecutor's office is "being used as a tool of political persecution" and called the questioning politically motivated.

Last month, prosecutors summoned Saakashvili to be questioned as a witness in connection with 10 cases.

Saakashvili, who left office in November and is currently out of Georgia, refused either to show up at prosecutor's offices or to be questioned online.
Based on reporting by and AFP

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