Georgian president: Saakashvili shouldn't have left the country Zoom

26 Jul 2017- 21:09:00

"I will fight for my legal right to return to Ukraine".

It is worth noting that charges against Saakashvili were well-known when President Poroshenko granted him Ukrainian citizenship with a special decree and assigned him the governor of the country's Odessa Region in May 2015.

Poroshenko "signed the relevant decree" on the recommendation of the state migration service which provided "convincing evidence", the statement said. Prior to his appointment as Governor of Odessa, Saakashvili received Ukrainian citizenship.

Although Poroshenko gave no explanation for the decision, Leshchenko said it was created to force Saakashvili "to take an asylum in America and forget about Ukrainian politics". Saakashvili is accused of the violent dispersal of anti-governmental mass protests on November 7 2007, the unlawful raiding of the Imedi television company by riot police, and the illegal take-over of property owned by late media tycoon Badri (Arkadi) Patarkatsishvili. Now there is an attempt under way to force me to become a refugee.

Georgias Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze says that Ukraines Constitution is a key obstacle for former President Mikheil Saakashvilis extradition to Georgia.

"I am a simple Ukrainian", Saakashvili said.

"Poroshenko made a decision to deprive me of my citizenship in an underhanded way, while I am out of the country!"




On July 25 Saakashvili wrote on Facebook that he was in the United States.

"Their secret meeting lasted more than two hours and was nearly entirely devoted to me", Saakashvili claimed.

"Saakashvili has been in the United States for several days now", the movement's representative said.

Without citizenship, Saakashvili can not seek political office in Ukraine, where his party is calling for early parliamentary elections and a presidential vote is to be held in March 2019.

Poroshenko saw him at that time as an ally, but Saakashvili resigned the post previous year, complaining of official obstruction of his anticorruption efforts.

Some lawmakers in Poroshenko's bloc criticized the president's decision. Saakashvili also lost the post of freelance adviser to the president of Ukraine.

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