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On Monday, Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine to Poland, after Ukrainian officials captured him while at a restaurant in Kiev.
“This person was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore, in compliance with all legal procedures, he was returned to the country from where he arrived,” Ukrainian Border Service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said in statement.
Saakashvili’s press secretary claimed that “he was kidnapped by men in camouflage gear in a restaurant near our party offices. They pushed him into a white van and drove off” without showing any identification.
Saakashvili, 49, was president of Georgia from 2004 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013. Accused of corruption charges, he moved to the Ukraine, where he lost his Georgian citizenship to become a citizen of Ukraine. In 2015, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko appointed him governor of the Odessa region. Saakashvili resigned from his position a year later, claiming corruption in the government, and called for Poroshenko’s resignation. The president reportedly revoked Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship in July last year while he was visiting the United States. Saakashvili has remained stateless since.
He later returned to Ukraine, where the government initiated criminal proceedings against him over his illegal entrance. He then requested political asylum, which was rejected last month.
In Georgia, Saakashvili faces criminal charges over illegally pardoning police officers accused of murder, embezzlement and abuses of authority. In Kiev, he was accused of being involved in a plot to “destabilize” Ukraine, The Guardian reported. He has denied the allegations.