Plans in Georgia to review alleged “shortcomings of justice” dating back to when President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement controlled parliament could lead to a fresh fracas in this developing democracy over the separation of powers among the various branches of government.
Criticism has long dogged the Georgian judicial system, especially allegations of inept rulings and government influence over verdicts. While President Saakashvili, a former lawyer and minister of justice, championed court reform during his party’s nearly nine years in power, international and local human rights groups have slammed Georgian courts’ low acquittal rates, high incarceration rates and heavy use of plea-bargaining.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.