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Georgian court rejects appeal to release ex-leader Saakashvili on health grounds

2023-02-06T16:50:10Z

A Georgian court on Monday rejected an appeal to release former President Mikheil Saakashvili from prison on health grounds, Saakashvili’s legal team said.

Saakashvili, who led the former Soviet republic as a pro-Western reformer from 2004 to 2013, is serving a six-year sentence for abuse of power, a charge that he and his supporters say was politically motivated.

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