Tbilisi City Court found former president Mikheil Saakashvili guilty of pardoning convicts in the 2006 Sandro Girgvliani murder case. The judge, Giorgi Arevadze, announced on Friday that Saakashvili was sentenced to 3 years in jail in absentia. Saakashvili currently resides in Kyiv, Ukraine. This is the first verdict that has been declared in the Georgian court against the former president.
According to the investigation, Saakashvili promised former Chief of the Constitutional Security Department, Data Akhalaia, to pardon the former law enforcers who were convicted of the murder of Sandro Girgvliani.
Later, according to the case, Saakashvili in abuse of his official powers, independently pardoned Geronti Alania, Mikheil Bibiluridze, Avtandil Aptsiauri and Aleksandre Gachava, who were found guilty in Girgvliani’s murder.
According to the case and the Prosecutor’s Office, on January 27, 2006, Sandro Girgvliani had an argument with the wife of then-Interior Minister Ivane Merabishvili.
The Prosecutors’ Office claims that David Akhalaia, who was the head of the Constitutional Security Department, ordered for Girgvliani and his friend to be taken to the Okrokana Cemetery and beaten, however Girgvliani was killed while being held.