Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Gruzian (=Georgian) Parliament Tedo Japaridze has basically told Mikheil Saakashvili to shut the f*** up and leave Gruzia alone. [yalensis: I tried to find a photo of Japaridze looking angry, but basically the guy always looks fairly mellow.]
I am exagerrating, of course: Being the polished diplomat, Japaridze has demanded an “official explanation” from Ukrainian government, as to why “the Governor of Odessa, Ukrainian Citizen Saakashvili is interfering in the affairs of a sovereign nation.”
This cat-fight came about when Saak commented on a legal matter in Gruzia, about which he ought to have kept mum:
The former Mayor of Tbilisi Georgy Ugulava was let out of jail on his own recognizance. Ugulava, who is a Saakashvili political ally, as is shown in this piece from a year ago, desired a Maidan-type scenario in Tbilisi, which would have brought Saakaashvili and his United National Movement back to power. This highly biased piece from Radio Free Europe gives some backstory why the “political martyr” Ugulava was in jail in the first place, and how he is now the “face of the Opposition” to the Gruzian government. The RFE piece refers to Ugulava as “Gigi”. I’m sorry, I do not speak or read Gruzian, but shouldn’t that be “Givi” ??
But anyhow, Saakashvili, just like RFE, the voice of Saak’s American masters, was ecstatic at Ugulava’s release. Saak was quick to seize on this event as evidence that the “odious regime of the Russian oligarch” (which is how he characterizes the administration of the democratically elected President Giorgi Margvelashvili) “in Tbilisi is quickly drawing to an end.”
Upon which, Japaridze made the following utterance, pointing out that under the Saakashvili regime, the Gruzian courts had become simply a tool of the ruling political party, and that long-term pre-trial incarcerations had become the norm:
“I would like to hear the official position of Kiev, whether or not they agree with Saakashvili’s latest routine attack against the Gruzian government and its institutions, and namely against the court system which nowadays, unlike in previous years [under Saakashvili] is an independent judiciary, free from government interference.”
Japaridze went on to point out, that true judicial reforms enabled the Constitutional Court to act independently of the ruling party; hence when the court revoked the norm (introduced under Saakashvili regime in 2010) of lengthy pre-trial incarcerations, this fact allowed even people like Ugulava to take advantage and get out on bail, pending his trial. Japaridze reminded Saak that Ugulava still remains accused of a number of serious crimes.
While seeking an official explanation from Kiev, Japaridze also reminded his Ukrainian colleagues, that Saakashvili himself is on the “most-wanted” list in Gruzia. Wanted under 4 statutes of the criminal code.
In conclusion, Saakashvili ought to stuff a tie in it, and keep his mouth shut about Gruzian internal affairs.