President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has pardoned Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Governor Tengiz Gunava and cleared the conviction from his criminal record. Mikheil Saakashvili's order was published on the website of the President of Georgia on 30 July.
The Order says that Tengiz Gunava has been pardoned pursuant to subparagraph N, paragraph 1, Article 73 of the Constitution of Georgia; he has been released from the punishment (the imprisonment and the ban to hold a public position) and cleared of his conviction pursuant to subparagraphs C, D, paragraph 2, Article 182 and subparagraph B, paragraph 3, Article 182 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
On 12 July, Tbilisi city court sentenced Tengiz Gunava, the Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region and the former head of General Inspection of the Interior Ministry, to four years in prison. The court found Gunava guilty on two counts - the misuse of petrol and the misappropriation of state property.