"Mikheil Saakashvili was detained at the Suluguni restaurant (on 10 Provulok Musenyi Str.). He was taken away in one of three Volkswagen vans with Kyiv license plates (one of them had license plate AA 0121 CH). Everyone should go there!" Saakashvili’s associate David Sakvarelidze wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
Former Chief Editor for Forbes Ukraine Volodymyr Fedorin said that Saakashvili was detained by persons with insignias of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
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.