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Georgian former prime minister sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment

On Monday October 20, the Tbilisi City Court sentenced the former prime minister and former Interior Minister of Georgia Vano Merabishvili to 3 years in prison.

In Georgia former prime minister sentenced to 3 years" imprisonment

October 20, the Tbilisi City Court sentenced the former Prime Minister and former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Vano Merabishvili to three years of imprisonment.

According to Article 332 of the Georgian Criminal Code (abuse of office), the court sentenced Merabishvili to four years' imprisonment, and according to Article 341 (forgery) – to two years in prison.

Merabishvili is accused of official misconduct in murder case of the representative of "United Bank of Georgia" Sandro Girgvliani.

However, according to the act of amnesty, the sentence was reduced to three years.

The Interior Minister, who was arrested on May 21, 2013, had previously been sentenced in two other cases. He was accused of overstepping his power as interior minister during the brutal dispersal of an anti-government rally in Tbilisi on May 26, 2011, embezzlement, misappropriation of MIA funds, voter bribery and abuse of power.

It refers to creating fictitious jobs for supporters of the former ruling party "United National Movement" in the implementation of state employment program in 2012.