Saakashvili dwells on his expulsion to Poland

Rukh Novykh Syl party leader, former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said he was expelled to Poland.

"Following my detention, I was put into a van, brought to the airport and then put on board a helicopter. As far as I understand, the chopper circled over Kyiv for some time and then landed in Boryspil where I was forcibly put on board a plane with my arms behind my back," the politician told journalists over the phone, Censor.NET reports.

According to Saakashvili, he is now in Warsaw, the Poland’s capital city, where he has been granted access to by the Polish border guard service.

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"What Poroshenko did was a sign of extreme weakness and act of cowardice which confirms that the criminal charges against me are completely bogus. No takeover that I allegedly was involved in has ever taken place," he said.

Saakashvili believes that such actions confirm that the criminal charges filed against him in Georgia were also trumped up, that is why he was not extradited to Georgia but expelled to Poland.

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Saakashvili's associate David Sakvarelidze said Feb. 12 that the politician was detained by people in military uniforms in a Kyiv-based restaurant.

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, 2017. 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, 2017 as the court imposed no pre-trial restriction on him. The PGO later appealed against this ruling.

The politician was placed under night-time house arrest on Jan. 26, 2018.

Even earlier, Saakashvili decided to enter Ukraine from Poland by train on Sept. 10 to avoid turmoil at Krakovets border crossing point. Intercity train from Przemysl to Kyiv was supposed to leave at 1:07 p.m. yesterday but was delayed for several hours. Some sources reported the train was delayed by law enforcers, but police soon disproved the reports. In its turn, Ukraine's major railway carrier Ukrzaliznytsia explained the delay in schedule by presence of a person on board who had no grounds to enter Ukraine.

Saakashvili subsequently arrived at Shehyni border crossing point where his supporters breached across the Ukrainian border and brought the politician and his delegation onto territory of Ukraine.

On July 26, 2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that deprived former Georgian president of his Ukrainian citizenship.

On Sept. 5, 2017, Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration Serhii Petukhov announced that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine received a request from the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office to arrest and extradite former Georgian President, ex-head of the Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3049988