10 Nov 2021 17:29

Court annuls Saakashvili's arrest in Nov 7, 2007 rally dispersal case

TBILISI. Nov 10 (Interfax) - The Tbilisi City Court on Wednesday annulled the arrest of imprisoned former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in a case involving the dispersal of a peaceful rally on November 7, 2007.

The decision was made by a panel of judges, the Georgian media reported.

According to the reports, Judge Nino Elieshvili said at the hearing on Wednesday, which Saakashvili did not attend, that the court saw no need for Saakashvili's arrest, which was handed down to him as a restrictive measure.

In the meantime, the court upheld in absentia the arrests of two other people implicated in the case, Zurab Adeishvili, a former prosecutor general, and David Kezerashvili, a former defense minister.

Adeishvili and Kezerashvili are currently on the wanted list.

Saakashvili, Adeishvili, and Kezerashvili stand accused in a case involving the dispersal of a November 7, 2007 rally, law enforcement officers overrunning the Imedi TV company, and the criminal acquisition of the property of late businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. Saakashvili is accused of abuse of office. He is facing five to eight years in prison if convicted.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled for November 29.

Saakashvili was earlier, before returning to Georgia from Ukraine, sentenced in absentia to six years in prison in other criminal cases in Georgia. He was detained on October 1 and is currently in a prison hospital.