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In Support of Accountability and Justice in Georgia


Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 23, 2014

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The United States is concerned by the decision of Georgian authorities to call former President Saakashvili for questioning in multiple criminal investigations.  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.  As discussed at the highest levels when Prime Minister Garibashvili visited Washington in February, the United States urges Georgia’s leaders 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.

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