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US concerned over Georgia ex-leader's summons for questioning

This picture taken on July 9, 2013 shows then Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili speaking during a press conference in TbilisiThe United States on Sunday expressed concerns over Georgia’s call for ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to be questioned in a raft of criminal cases, suggesting the move smacked of political revenge. “No one is above the law, but launching multiple simultaneous investigations involving a former president raises legitimate concerns about political retribution, particularly when legal and judicial institutions are still fragile,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. Harf said the United States urged Georgia “to focus the nation’s energies on the future, a strong economy, continued reform of the justice sector, and rapid progress on Euro-Atlantic integration.” Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania, a statement from the prosecutor’s office has said.

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