Saakashvili's party tries to rewrite history, Georgian Dream party says

TBILISI, 19 October - Sputnik. Georgian MP from the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party Shalva Papuashvili has asked civil servants not to believe the instructions of jailed former President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Earlier Saakashvili appealed to the public, including civil servants, law enforcers and educators, urging them to abandon the Georgian Dream and support the opposition.

According to Papuashvili, Saakashvili's appeal once again shows how pharisaical the former ruling United National Movement party's talk of reconciliation is.

"It is appeals like this that show that their aim is to cause unrest in the country, it is a direct call for disobedience to the law, which once again demonstrates their real aims and plans. I appeal to civil servants - not to believe the instructions of a citizen of Ukraine," Papuashvili told reporters.

According to him, it is important to remind once again what kind of political force the United National Movement created by Saakashvili is.

"In recent days they are trying to rewrite the history - present the victims as criminals and the criminals as victims. We must not allow them to do this," Papuashvili said.

He added that the population must remember what kind of force Saakashvili's party is, "what kind of ideology it has and what kind of crimes it is associated with."

Arrest of Saakashvili

Saakashvili, who has returned to his home country illegally, is being held at Rustavi Prison Number 12, where he is serving a sentence in two criminal cases. He went on hunger strike shortly after his arrest in Tbilisi.

As of today, the third President of Georgia has received two final sentences - for the murder of Sandro Girgvliani and for beating of MP Valeri Gelashvili. He must spend a total of six years in prison since his arrest on 1 October.


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Saakashvili is also involved in cases of the crackdown on the 7 November 2007 opposition rally, the pogrom on the Imedi television station and the embezzlement of state funds, all of which are still pending in the courts.

Saakashvili considers his detention unlawful and the charges against him trumped up.


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