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    The head of a Georgian opposition party on Tuesday urged Washington to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the financial involvement of some U.S. officials in "bankrolling" Georgia's 2003 "rose revolution."

    TBILISI, October 13 (RIA Novosti) - The head of a Georgian opposition party on Tuesday urged Washington to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the financial involvement of some U.S. officials in "bankrolling" Georgia's 2003 "rose revolution."

    Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili said the special prosecutor should look into the responsibility of those U.S. "officials and public figures who masterminded and financed the 'rose revolution.'"

    He said he hoped "the present U.S. administration will punish those who have hurt Georgia by importing a coup."

    As a result of the "rose revolution," which was opposed by Natelashvili, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned on November 23, 2003, and the so-called troika came to power - President Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Parliament Speaker Nino Burdzhanadze.

    Zhvania died on February 3, 2005 in mysterious circumstances, while Burdzhanadze joined the opposition in the wake of the August 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia.

     

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