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Saakashvili demands fair trial in address to his supporters

TBILISI. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in yet another address to his supporters he is ready to stand a free and fair trial and to prove his innocence.

Lawyer Niku Gvaramia, who visited the ex-president at a military hospital in Gori on Wednesday, delivered the message.

"I stand no chance of justice in the court of Invashivili [former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili]. Once again, I reaffirm my readiness to face a fair, independent court and to defend my truth there," Saakashvili said.

He believes that an initiative group should work on his release. On one hand, the group will take the main political goals of the opposition into account and, on the other hand, it will coordinate a campaign for his release.

Saakashvili said he did not see himself "in either configuration of the future authorities."

He noted in conclusion that the upcoming weeks would be very important for Georgia.

"If we manage to consolidate our forces, to maintain the political attitude, and to increase the number of participants in our struggle, we will achieve the goal and will be victorious. The incumbent authorities will view any pause as our defeat, which is physically lethal for me and our homeland. So, we should not step back an inch and should never stop being active," Saakashvili said.