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 Kyiv appeals court places Saakashvili under night-time house arrest

Georgia’s former president, Leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party Mikheil Saakashvili was placed under house arrest by Kyiv’s court of appeal.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Interfax-Ukraine, the corresponding ruling was made by the panel of judges on Jan. 26 after hearing of the appeal of the Prosecutor General’s Office against the pre-trial restriction imposed on Saakashvili by the court of the first instance.

The Kyiv appeals court has partially granted the petition of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine by placing Saakashvili under house arrest at 32 Kostiolna Str from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The court also ordered Saakashvili to come to the investigator upon request and barred him from leaving Kyiv without prosecutor’s permission.

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/n3046834