Washington, DC—Today, former Secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council, Giga Bokeria, was summoned to the Chief Prosecuter’s Office of Georgia for interrogation. 

This action follows ongoing attempts by Georgian Authorities to call President Saakashvili to appear for questioning in multiple criminal investigations.  

In response, Congressman Mike Turner, the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), released the following statement: 

“I am deeply concerned with the Republic of Georgia’s continued attempts to criminalize former elected government officials.

Today's summons of Giga Bokeria follows repeated attempts by Georgian Authorities to call President Saakashvili into questioning. 

This pattern raises concerns that the Georgian Government is engaging in political retribution through the criminal justice system and draws into question its resolve to be a free and open democracy. 

The success of democratic government requires a fair and impartial justice system that purses valid criminal action and rejects any use of the legal system for political coercion or harassment. 

The Georgian Government must focus on economic prosperity, the rule of law, and the security of the Georgia people. It’s progress is key to integration with the European Union and receipt of a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP).

I urge the Government of Georgia to return its attention to its future and immediately halt the intimidation and persecution of former government officials.”