In 2006, a murder took place in one of the bars on Shardeni street. An ordinary bank employee was killed. High-ranking officials of the Interior Ministry were charged with his violent death. Witnesses claimed that there was an argument between them in the restaurant. Mikheil Saakashvili sided with the officials and caused a wave of widespread anger. Later, the court in absentia found the president involved in the events and sentenced him to three years in prison.