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Georgian Billionaire Premier Warns U.S. Ally Saakashvili of Jail

Georgia’s billionaire prime minister said outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili may face prosecution for corruption, brushing off warnings from the U.S. not to use the courts to exact political retribution.

“All are equal under the law,” Bidzina Ivanishvili said in an interview at his estate on the Black Sea. “Georgia was smothered by the corruption of the elite and Saakashvili at a minimum had to know about it or even participate in it.” Saakashvili called the claim “ridiculous.”