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Georgian opposition files case against Saakashvili with International Criminal Court

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A leading Georgian opposition party has filed a lawsuit against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, accusing him of crimes against humanity, a Russian business daily said on Thursday.

A leading Georgian opposition party has filed a lawsuit against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, accusing him of crimes against humanity, a Russian business daily said on Thursday.

Kommersant said that members of the Labor Party had charged Saakashvili with using "chemical and acoustic weapons" to disperse an opposition rally in 2007, acts of violence against the then independent Imedi TV company in November 2007, as well as the bombings of South Ossetia's Tskhinvali in August, 2008.

"Georgia's ordeals must finally stop and the country should get rid of this hellspawn, Mikheil Saakashvili," Kommersant quoted the founder of the Georgian Labor Party, Shalva Natelashvili, as saying.

Natelashvili also urged international organizations to assist in prosecuting Georgian leader.

The lawsuit was filed ahead of the adoption of new draft Georgian constitution which would cut presidential powers and divide them between parliament and the prime minister, a post Saakashvili is rumored to have his eye on when his presidential term expires in 2013.

Meanwhile, Tbilisi said the lawsuit was a reflection of Natelashvili's desire to become the country's top opposition figure.

"Natelashvili is aware of the new wave of anti-government protests ahead of the adoption of the new draft Georgian constitution. The Labor Party leader wants to ride this wave and become the main opposition leader, replacing the ex-speaker of the Georgian parliament, Nino Burjanadze," political expert David Avalishvili told Kommersant.

 

MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti)

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