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 Saakashvili: I will seek no political asylum in Poland

Former Georgian President, Rukh Novykh Syl party leader Mikheil Saakashvili says he would not apply for political asylum in Poland.

"I spoke with the officials of the Foreign Ministry [of Poland]. They called me when I arrived at the airport. The first question they asked me was whether I would apply for political asylum in Poland. ... I said that I would make no refugee claim," he told NewsOne TV channel Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to Saakashvili, the Polish authorities provided him with protection.

The politician also commented on his possible extradition from Poland to Georgia: "Give me a break! The current Georgia’s authorities fear me as the devil fears the holy water. If they wanted to extradite me, they would have done it long ago."

Saakashvili reiterated that both Georgia and Ukraine had no serious charges against him.

The politician was detained by operatives of the State Border Guard Service in a restaurant in downtown Kyiv on Feb. 12, 2018 and expelled from Ukraine on the same day.

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://en.censor.net.ua/n3050089
 
 
 
 
 
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