TBILISI (AFP) - Georgia on Thursday charged its ex-defence minister and the army chief with abuse of power in the first major case against officials from President Mikheil Saakashvili’s recently ousted government. Former defence minister Bacho Akhalaia and army chief of staff Giorgi Kalandadze were charged with misuse of office after they were accused of physically and verbally abusing six servicemen, their lawyers said. Akhalaia was also charged with “illegal deprivation of liberty” over a separate incident in a restaurant, his lawyer said, without giving further details. The accused have denied the charges, which Saakashvili’s allies say are politically motivated.