Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship and invited by President Petro Poroshenko to become governor of the Odessa region after the “Maidan” protests ousted a pro Russian president in early 2014
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09 December, 2017

Saakashvili later said police had searched the wrong tent at the camp, continuing a surreal hide-and-seek game between him and Ukrainian law enforcement ever since he barged across the border from Poland three months ago.

His detention, first reported on his Facebook page, was confirmed by Ukraine's Prosecutor General.

While Saakashvili has a core following, he enjoys limited support in Ukraine.

General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said the opposition leader had been detained by police and was in a temporary detention facility.

Lagarde said she and Poroshenko discussed the need to safeguard the independence of NABU and similar institutions and that they agreed on the urgency of establishing an anti-corruption court.

He hasn't been formally charged, but prosecutors say he colluded with Ukrainian businessmen tied to Russian Federation to topple President Petro Poroshenko.

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The search of Saakashvili's home was conducted two days after his Movement of New Forces party organized a rally in Kyiv calling for Poroshenko's impeachment and for legislation that would allow it to take place.

Mr Saakashvili also faces the threat of extradition to Georgia, where he is wanted on corruption charges.

After leaving Georgia as his political fortunes declined, he was appointed governor of Ukraine's Odessa region by President Petro Poroshenko.

Law enforcement officers searched Saakashvili's apartment in Kyiv on December 5, dragged him off the roof, and bundled him into a auto.

"Saakashvili will be detained and the best thing he could do, if he were a man, if he really loved Ukraine even a little, would be to come today to Volodymyrska Street (security service headquarters) to testify to investigators", he told parliament.


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