Georgian Court upholds sentence against Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili
- The Tbilisi City Court had sentenced Saakashvili in absentia in July to six years in prison on charges of ordering members of his special forces to beat up lawmaker Valery Gelashvili in central Tbilisi in 2005.
- The court of appeals on Nov. 22 upheld the ruling but rejected the prosecutors' request to toughen the sentence, prosecutor Archil Tkeshelashvili told reporters that day.
- The court found that Saakashvili, who was president of Georgia from 2004 to 2013, ordered the attack in retaliation for Gelashvili's public criticism of him in 2005.
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