Incumbent Tbilisi Mator Kakha Kaladze says that if Saakashvili was convicted according to the laws which were introduced under his leadership, he would have to spend 30 years, instead of six years, in prison.
Saakashvili was convicted in absentia in Georgia back in 2018, under the Georgian Dream leadership, and was sent to six years in prison for abuse of authority in two separate cases.
He has also been charged with four other cases which are still in courts, including the recent illegal crossing of the border from Ukraine to Georgia.
Kaladze also commented on a video of Saakashvili released by Imedi TV yesterday, in which the former president is in a truck loaded with dairy products, heading from Ukraine to Georgia.
The video shows that Saakashvili allegedly did not fully trust the truck driver Elguja Tsomaia, who later hid Saakashvili in his flat in Tbilisi, and is inventing a scenario about what to say if they are caught by police.
The scenario included his kidnapping by a foreign state intelligence agency.
“The video proves that Saakashvili did not trust the people who helped him to illegally cross the border and was trying to create some stories,” Kaladze said.
Saakashvili stated earlier today that he is ready to tell the truth in the court, while PM Irakli Garibashvili said that ‘it is a shame that the man was running the country for nine years.’
The former president was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1, a day before Georgian municipal elections, after eight years in political exile.