Ukraine will respond to the sentence of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president to three years of imprisonment in absentia only after the extradition check. Andry Lysenko, the spokesperson of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported this to 112 Ukraine.
'We know that the status of Saakashvili is convicted, however, the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office holds the extradition check towards him on the demand of the Justice Ministry on the basis of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine that is requested by Georgia. Saakashvili will be invited to the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office for testimony for the complete holding of the check and establishment of all circumstances provided by the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and the international agreements that can become the basis for the refusal to extradite the mentioned person to another state. The requests were filed to the governmental authorities of Ukraine within the check. The conclusion will be filed to the Justice Ministry for the making of the final decision', Lysenko claimed.
The spokesperson also reminded that Saakashvili still did not come to the Prosecutor's Office to give the testimony; however, the check has already begun.
'Saakashvili did not come to the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office but he is invited. The process of the agreement of the data with his defense takes place. The check has already begun but we should get the explanations from Saakashvili'.
As we reported the Tbilisi city court found Mikheil Saakashvili guilty in accordance with the case of Sandro Girgvliani’s murder and sentenced him to three years of imprisonment. Saakashvili is accused of abusing power, as, according to the investigation, the then-president of Georgia unlawfully promised Data Akhalaia, then-Chief of the Department of Constitutional Security, to pardon those convicted for the murder. This way, Gia Alania, Avtandil Aptsiauri, Aleksandre Gachava and Mikheil Bibiluri were pardoned. This caused public indignation, as a result of which, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili was fired.
In his turn, Saakashvili claimed that the sentence of the Georgian court illegal and contradictory to the international standards and common sense. He insisted that the judgment of the president for his right to pardon that is not limited shows that the process possesses the political nature.