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Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania, a statement from the prosecutor's office said. Some of the other cases relate to a police raid on an independent broadcaster, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the state security service and the illegal seizure of assets.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania, a statement from the prosecutor's office said. Some of the other cases relate to a police raid on an independent broadcaster, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the state security service and the illegal seizure of assets.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - The Georgian prosecutor's office has summoned former president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning about the poisoning death of a former prime minister and other cases amid a wave of charges and verdicts against former officials. He will also be questioned on alleged government misspending, a raid on a Tbilisi television station and a presidential pardon for four murder convicts during his two terms in office from 2004 to 2013, prosecutor Koka Katsitadze told a news conference on Saturday

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. "The former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has been called in for questioning as a witness in criminal investigations," a statement from the prosecutor's office said. The statement said Saakashvili has been summoned to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania.

Jailed Georgia ex-PM gets additional sentence

A Georgian court on Thursday sentenced imprisoned ex-prime minister Vano Merabishvili to four and a half years in jail for abuse of power in a verdict his lawyer said was politically motivated. The Tbilisi court found Merabishvili guilty of "abuse of office with the use of violence" during a May 2009 crackdown by riot police on anti-government protesters who attempted to disrupt an Independence Day military parade. "The verdict has come as part of the government's crackdown on the opposition," Merabishvili's lawyer, Otar Kakhidze, told AFP.

Georgia jails Saakashvili's ex-premier for embezzlement

A Georgian court on Monday sentenced one of former pro-Western president Mikheil Saakashvili's prime ministers to five and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case his allies denounced as political persecution. The court found Vano Merabishvili, who served as premier for a few months before October 2012 elections, guilty of assigning fake government jobs to 22,000 people who actually worked on his party's losing campaign.

Georgia sentences former premier to 5.5 years in jail

A court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to five and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case his lawyer and allies denounced as political persecution. The court found Merabishvili, who headed the government of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, guilty of giving fictitious jobs to activists who were involved in his party's losing parliamentary election campaign in 2012. Judge Natia Barbakadze also issued a $27,000 fine to Merabishvili's co-defendant, former health minister Zurab Chiaberashvili.

Georgia ex-PM says threatened to inform on Saakashvili

Former Georgian prime minister Vano Merabishvili said Tuesday that prosecutors had tried to force him to inform on close ally ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. Merabishvili is the highest-ranking Saakashvili ally to be detained following a slew of investigations since Saakashvili's United National Movement party lost out to a coalition headed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili at parliamentary elections in 2012.

Irakli Garibashvili, 31, confirmed as Georgian PM

Georgia's parliament on Wednesday confirmed Irakli Garibashvili as the ex-Soviet state's new prime minister, replacing his close ally billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili as premier. "The parliament has approved the new government by 93 votes to 19," parliament speaker David Usupashvili said. The vote will make 31-year-old Garibashvili -- who served as interior minister during Ivanishvili's year in charge -- the youngest serving head of government in Europe. President Giorgi Margvelashvili -- another Ivanishvili loyalist -- will now officially ratify the decision.

US congratulates incoming Georgian president

The United States congratulated Georgia Saturday, on the eve of the inauguration of new president Giorgi Margvelashvili, paying respects to the country's outgoing leaders while urging political unity going forward. Margvelashvili, a political novice, won a crushing election victory last month and is set to take over Sunday in the country's first ever peaceful, democratic transfer of the presidency.
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