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Ukraine's general prosecutor said on Friday police had recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody by his supporters in dramatic scenes earlier this week.

Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said his office has evidence that Saakashvili's representative received $500,000 to finance protests from Ukrainian businessmen with ties to Russian Federation.

His latest arrest marks another extraordinary twist in a long feud between Saakashvili and Ukrainian authorities.

Photo Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside the detention center where he was being held in Kiev.

Saakashvili then led protesters towards parliament in Kiev, calling for President Petro Poroshenko to be removed from office. He is also facing accusations of having received financing from ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who is now living in exile in Russian Federation, in order to stage a coup.

Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia

Sakaashvili gained global fame for leading the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia that forced President Eduard Shevardnadze to resign. There he was made governor of Odessa by Poroshenko, a former university friend, but resigned after 18 months in protest over alleged efforts to stymie his anti-corruption drive.

Saakashvili became a regional governor in Ukraine in 2015 at Poroshenko's invitation but they later fell out.

"I don't exclude that the inquiry may ask for extra expertise, including from worldwide organisations, to enhance trust", Poroshenko told reporters in Vilnius at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. The 49-year-old is facing the threat of possible extradition to Georgia, where he is wanted on criminal charges he says were trumped up for political reasons.

Saakashvili has won broad popularity in Ukraine with his campaign against government corruption, riding a wave of public frustration over Poroshenko's failure to uproot endemic graft.




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