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President Margvelashvili: Persecution of Saakashvili on the Basis of the Article on Pardon Power Might Be Restriction of the President’s Constitutional Rights

According to the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, persecution of Saakashvili on the basis of the article on pardon power might be a restriction of the President’s constitutional rights and those prerogatives that the President’s Institute possesses in terms of balance of power.
"Sandro Girgvliani's murder case and the former government’s reaction shocked Georgian society from the outset.
The Strasbourg Court also shared this indignation at that time; however, after the change of power, unfortunately, some people who were involved in this systemic crime were promoted. Obviously, this led to the society’s distrust towards the law-enforcement system.
Today, when we witness such an important case for the public, it is alarming that the Prosecutor’s Office has used the constitutional article on pardon power for persecution.
After using the right to pardon, the Prosecutor's Office made a political statement that further strengthened doubts about the fact that this is an attempt to misinterpret constitutional rights and to create problems for the constitutional balance.
I would like to emphasize that according to the international order, persecution on the basis of the constitutional article raises skepticism and seriously damages Georgia's international image.
We closely monitor this process because we suppose that this article is used to restrict the constitutional rights and those prerogatives of the President that the President’s Institute possesses in terms of balance of power.
Everyone who is familiar with the Constitution will see that this article is at the discretion of the President. Persecution on the basis of this article and many other articles raises skepticism that it is a step taken against the constitutional balance of power,” President Margvelashvili said.
 
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