Georgia mustn't use justice system to settle scores: Europe rights body
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By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian authorities should not use the justice system to settle political scores with the former government of Mikheil Saakashvili, a European rights body said on Friday. Dozens of former officials, including the prime, defense and interior ministers, have been arrested on charges including abuse of power and corruption since ex-president Saakashvili's party lost an election in October 2012. "The demonization of political competitors ... is not healthy for a democracy, and the power to detain suspected criminals must not be used, or appear to be used, to settle political scores," said Pedro Agramunt, rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), after visit to Georgia. "I could not help getting the impression that this (pre-trial detention) is part of a bitter campaign by the current authorities against their predecessors," he said in a statement on Friday.
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