The judge of Mikheil Saakashvili's case: Judges are not subject to instructions

I welcome the fact that your statement was largely related to the case under consideration, - with these words, Judge Badri Kochlamazashvili addressed the ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who attended the hearing of the criminal case of his accusation remotely from the Vivamed clinic.

After Mikheil Saakashvili's statement, the session continued with his participation.

During the trial, Mikheil Saakashvili's lawyer Beka Basilaia also spoke about the statement made by the current chairman of the ruling party and now the Prime Minister, Irakli Kobakhidze, regarding Saakashvili and the judge reviewing the case, during the parliamentary hearing on February 8.

As Basilaia noted, Kobakhidze did not name the judge, however, he meant either the mentioned judge or other judges of the Saakashvili case. According to the lawyer, Kobakhidze noted that the judge was giving Saakashvili a platform to make political statements.

According to the lawyer, this statement is a direct attack on the judiciary. Accordingly, if this is not answered, according to Basilaia, it means that the court is not independent and is being used as a political tool.

In addition, as Basilaia noted, the fact of the intervention in the court is the indication that Saakashvili should not be given the opportunity to make a statement.

In response to this, the judge stated that it is not important who will make the statement, but to what extent the judges are exposed to it.

According to Badri Kochlamazashvili, judges are not subject to instructions.

At the moment, Temur Mghebrishvili, the former head of the SPSS, is testifying in court.

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