Georgian Parliament seeks apology from Zelenskyy and Sandu over Saakashvili torture claims

Tbilisi, Georgia: In a current flip of occasions, the Georgian Parliament’s Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili, has demanded apologies from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Moldovan President Maia Sandu. This demand stems from their allegations of torture towards the previous Georgian chief, Mikheil Saakashvili, in jail.

Papuashvili’s assertion, made on January nineteenth throughout a broadcast on the nationwide First Channel, comes within the wake of a report from the European Committee In opposition to Torture. The committee discovered no violations in Saakashvili’s remedy whereas incarcerated in a clinic.

Papuashvili emphasised that the conclusions of the European Committee revealed that Presidents Zelenskyy and Sandu, together with some members of the European Parliament, had propagated falsehoods by accusing Georgia of torturing Saakashvili. “Right now, we discovered that many Western politicians have embarrassed themselves earlier than Georgia and the Georgian individuals. Subsequently, we anticipate these people to apologize,” Papuashvili acknowledged.

He additionally highlighted that investigations by way of an American registry revealed hundreds of thousands spent on lobbyists to buy articles, tv segments, and political statements in regards to the alleged “torture of Saakashvili.”

Mikheil Saakashvili, a controversial determine in Georgian politics, was arrested in Georgia on October 1, 2021. He faces prices associated to the unlawful dispersal of an opposition rally in 2007, the raid of the “Imedi” TV station, misappropriation of state funds, and unlawful border crossing. Moreover, he was convicted in absentia for the homicide of banker Sandro Girgvliani and the assault of deputy Valery Gelashvili, leading to a nine-year jail sentence.

Presently, Saakashvili is present process remedy in a Tbilisi clinic following a chronic starvation strike. Justice Minister Rati Bregadze famous that the previous head of state could be transferred again to jail as soon as deemed possible by medical professionals.

On November 20, 2023, Saakashvili appealed to the present head of state, Salome Zourabichvili, for a pardon. He additionally asserted that he ought to be launched overseas for rehabilitation.

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