Saakashvili could be questioned via video-conference

Saakashvili is reported to be the Ukrainian capital city Kiev. Photo by, 27 Mar 2014 - 18:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has proposed ex-President Mikheil Saakasvili can answer investigator’s questions via video chat so he does not have to return to Georgia.

The country’s former President was summoned to appear at the Chief Prosecutor’s Office today to be questioned on several high-profile cases but he did not show up. 

The Office called a special press conference to announce details on the idea of questioning Saakashvili online.

"In this case there will be no need for [Saakashvili] to come to Georgia. This also rules out his concern of being detained here,” said a Prosecutor’s Office representative.

"This proposal has been sent to him in an official form and he has been given one week to explain his position on remote questioning,” the spokesperson said at the press conference.

The Office later explained that if Saakashvili responded positively to their proposal, he will be asked to go to a court in the country where he resides and be questioned from there. The court will confirm his identity and provide adequate conditions for the video conference. 

The Prosecutor’s Office said this can be done any country Saakashvili chooses.

Saakashvili is reported to be the Ukrainian capital city Kiev as he has held meetings with politicians and spoken to the public.

"The Chief Prosecutor’s Office hopes the former president will also respect his status and act as a law-abiding citizen and will assist in resolving of crimes through his testimony. That will help to punish the criminals, whoever they might be,” underlined the Prosecutor’s spokesperson.

Saakashvili was summoned to be questioned as a witness in relation to ten cases by the Georgian Prosecution. Among them were several cases connected with Georgian TV companies, embezzlement of public money and cases relating to the murder of Girgvliani and the unexplained death of ex-Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania.

Saakashvili considered the questioning to be a part of political pressure put on himself and his party by ruling Georgian Dream coalition, and alleged Russian officials may also be interested in his questioning, arrest or even physical demise.