The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, terminated the citizenship of US-sanctioned former Prosecutor General Otar Partskhaladze.
“The President of Georgia, before the start of the impeachment procedure in the Parliament, signed a decree on termination of Georgian citizenship for Otar Partskhaladze and vetoed the amendments to the law on Assemblies and Demonstrations as another anti-European law,” reads the statement of the Administration of the President.
Otar Partskhaladze was sanctioned by the US on October 14 for operating or having operated in the management consulting sector of the Russian Federation economy. According to the US State Department, Partskhaladze “worked with the Russian Federal Security Service to influence Georgian politics and society to benefit Russia.”
On September 22, the Administration of the President of Georgia released a statement, saying that the President did not consider it expedient to terminate the citizenship of Otar Partskhaladze. The President said that Otar Partskhaladze was exposed for espionage and an investigation was initiated against him, therefore, he should be punished as a citizen of Georgia if convicted.