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Georgia's ex-president charged with exceeding official authorities

English.news.cn   2014-07-28 23:27:07

TBILISI, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Georgian chief prosecutor's office on Monday filed charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili, accusing him of exceeding official authorities during his terms.

The charges were filed after Saakashvili failed to appear in the chief prosecutor's office for questioning for crimes allegedly committed by high-ranking officials under his administration.

On Sunday, the chief prosecutor's office summoned him to appear on Monday for questioning. The former president was summoned in March this year but he did not show up either.

According to a statement issued by the chief prosecutor's office, Saakashvili is charged in connection with a massive crack-down on demonstrators in November 2007, a forced break-in to an opposition TV station, and seizure of the property of a high-profile dissident.

The previous authorities under Saakashvili had been aiming at taking over the Imedi TV owned by Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, and had even been ready to trade the state-owned Georgian Railway to the billionaire for his TV station, the statement said.

The chief prosecutor's office said it was in violation of law for the former president to issue orders on cracking down on protesters and deploying army units in central Tbilisi.

Saakashvili, who was defeated in 2012 parliamentary elections, left the South Caucasus country in November last year and is now staying in the United States.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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