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 Saakashvili says PGO must refer his case to SBU. PHOTOS

Leader of the Rukh Novykh Syl party Mikheil Saakashvili came to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) for questioning under the case filed against him and said that it must be investigated by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, Saakashvili told journalists that the Sunday clashes outside Zhovtnevyi Palace were a provocation staged by the Russian Federal Security Service but not by the acting authorities.

"When this case is referred to the SBU by law, I will come there and testify," he told journalists upon leaving the Prosecutor General's Office, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Saakashvili's lawyer Ruslan Chornolutskyi said that the SBU had the investigative jurisdiction for his client’s case.

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As reported, Saakashvili supporters tried to seize premises of Kyiv-based Zhovtnevyi Palace to house the headquarters of the opposition forces’ coordination council on Dec. 17.

Saakashvili personally urged his supporters to go to the Zhovtnevyi Palace: "We are leaving for the Zhovtnevyi Palace to establish the headquarters of our coordination council there for us not to be chased in our tents at night. I’ll take the lead and we’ll go there together." Several clashes broke out after the police and National Guard did not let the protesters in and used tear gas against them. About 32 law enforcers were reportedly injured in clashes outside the Zhovtnevyi Palace.

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.

Saakashvili walked free from the courtroom late Dec. 11 as the court imposed no pre-trial restriction on him. The PGO later appealed against this ruling.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3039954