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 Court imposes no pre-trial restriction on Saakashvili. VIDEO

The Pechersk district court of Kyiv did not grant the petition of the prosecutor's office to impose house arrest with a 24/7 watch against leader of the Rukh Novykh Syl party, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, The Pechersk district court made the ruling on Dec. 11.

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The corresponding decision was announced by investigative Judge Larysa Tsokol at Monday hearing. She noted that the prosecutors could appeal against the ruling. The next hearing of Saakashvili case is scheduled for Dec. 14.

The former Georgian president reminded several times during the trial that he was still on a hunger strike. He also sang the Ukrainian anthem together with the activists who came to support him.

On Dec. 5, the law enforcers detained Saakashvili on charges of assisting crime ring members. His supporters blocked off the paddy wagon with the detained politician inside and later released him. During the search in Saakashvili's apartment, he went up to the roof of the house and was apprehended by the law enforcers there. 

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko later said that runaway oligarch Serhii Kurchenko funded Saakashvili's activities in Ukraine.

Early Dec. 6, a clash between law enforcers and supporters of the former Odesa region governor took place outside the Ukrainian parliament early Dec. 5 when police tried to storm the tent camp in order to locate and detain Saakashvili.

The police apprehended Saakashvili in Kyiv’s Solomianskyi district late Dec. 8. He was charged under part 2 of article 256 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (providing assistance to crime ring members and concealment of their criminal activity) punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

Being placed in Kyiv-based detention center, the politician went on an indefinite hunger strike.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3038702