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 Ukraine received Georgia's request for arrest and extradition of Saakashvili, - Justice Ministry

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Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration Serhii Petukhov has 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.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Ukraine has received a request to find, arrest, and extradite Mikhail Saakashvili. The request by the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office was addressed to the Justice Minister of Ukraine and Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine," Petuknov told a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

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Petukhov said that according to the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office, Saakashvili is the defendant in four criminal proceedings opened under the following articles of the Georgian Criminal Code: Article 182, providing liability for misappropriation, embezzlement, or seizure of other people's property by abusing power by an official, committed by prior agreement with a large group of persons; Article 333 and Article 117 - abuse of power by an official committed by violence or with the use of weapons; Part 2 of Article 322 - abuse of position by an official.

The deputy minister of justice said the decision of the judge for criminal cases of the Tbilisi City Court, dated Aug. 2, 2014, chose a preventive measure in the form of detention for Saakashvili. As the suspect failed to show up at investigator's office, and his place of residence could not be established, Saakashvili was put on wanted list on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Petukhov said that the Prosecutor General's Office of Georgia gave a guarantee to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine that this request does not aim to persecute the person for political reasons and that Saakashvili will not be held liable for committing crimes not provided for by the request, and also will not be extradited to a third country, and his rights will not be violated.

On July 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that deprived former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, of his Ukrainian citizenship.
 
 
 
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