"I do not recognize the Prosecutor's Office and the Georgian judiciary; I am not here to be part of a pre-written comedy," the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, stated at the beginning of the trial.
He made the statement before the trial of the November 7 case heard today by a panel of three judges.
The judges allowed Mikheil Saakashvili to receive water due to his health condition, for which Mikheil Saakashvili thanked them.
"Thank you, I appreciate the kindness," the ex-president said.
The state indictment accuses Mikheil Saakashvili of mass dispersal of protesters on November 7, 2007, intrusion into Imedi TV and criminal seizure of Badri Patarkatsishvili's property.
He is charged under the third part of Article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which stipulates abuse of official authority, which has led to a substantial violation of the rights of a natural or legal person, society, or the state. The mentioned sentence envisages imprisonment for a term of 5 to 8 years.