President Zurabishvili on pardoning ex. pres. Saakashvili: no and never

Although President Salome Zurabishvili says ex-president Mikhei Saakashvvili is not eligible to be pardoned, she said that considering high public and political interest, Saakashvili should be treated as a special prisoner. Photo: Mzia Saganelidze/RFERL, 03 Nov 2021 - 22:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has reiterated her previous claims that she will not pardon arrested ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. 

My position about pardoning ex-president unchanged and unwavering – no and never”, Salome Zurabishvili said at a special news briefing today. 

She said Saakashvili, who was arrested a day before the October 2 municipal elections in Tbilisi, ‘does not comply with any criteria of a political prisoner or of an innocent victim'.

 He is a convict, who entered the country voluntarily and illegally, aimed to cause destabilisation. Nevertheless, considering high public and political interest, he should be treated as a special prisoner”, President Zurabishvili said. 

Salome Zurabishvili said all the measures should be taken to ensure that his deterioration of health not be used for political speculations or destabilisation. This, President Zurabishvili said, requires “as much transparency and timely response as possible’ in case of Saakashvili’s deterioration of health.