Saakashvili derails questioning, new summons to follow, - PGO

Leader of the Rukh Novykh Syl party Mikheil Saakashvili thwarted the investigative actions - the questioning and recording samples of his voice required for examination of wiretapped conversations published by the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) after botched attempt to apprehend him.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, a spokesman for the PGO Oleksandr Hovorushchak told a briefing following Saakashvili’s visit.

According to him, despite the fact that the politician had arrived in the Prosecutor General's Office, he never came to the investigator who summoned him for questioning.

The prosecutor described Saakashvili's behavior as evasion of procedural obligations and unwillingness to establish the truth in the court.

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Commenting on the lawyer’s requirement to change the jurisdiction and refer the case to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Hovorushchak said that the investigation was in line with the Criminal Procedure Code while the suspect and his lawyers were free to appeal against decisions taken by the investigators and prosecutors.

The prosecutor said that the Security Service department investigating crimes committed in Kyiv and the Kyiv region had investigative jurisdiction for the case of Saakashvili while the Prosecutor General's Office only screened it for compliance with laws.

The prosecutor also said that Saakashvili will be recalled for questioning.

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/n3039967