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    Georgian Ex-President Saakashavili May Face Prosecution by Hague Court

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    A prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has initiated an investigation into the August 2008 events in South Ossetia, a Moscow-based newspaper wrote on Friday.

    A study of materials provided by Russia revealed a series of war crimes committed during the conflict, which could make Georgian ex-President-turned Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili the central figure in the investigation, the newspaper Kommersant reported.

    A special commission will examine the documents to be provided by the prosecutor as well as other supporting materials.

    Ex-deputy chairman of the PACE Monitoring Committee on Georgia Elene Tevdoradze said that the information data contained in the materials was enough to prosecute Saakashvili for starting the conflict  — a charge that carries a prison sentence from 30 years to life.

    Earlier reports said that the Georgian authorities considered canceling the former president’s citizenship.

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