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 Saakashvili denied refugee status and faces extradition, - Lutsenko

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Ukraine’s State Migration Service has denied refugee status to the former President of Georgia, former head of Odesa region administration Mikheil Saakashvili. After the verdict, he can be extradited or deported from the Ukrainian territory under legal basis.

Yurii Lutsenko, Ukraine's Prosecutor General, has commented on the decision, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"If previously I used to say that Saakashvili has a status that makes it impossible to deport or extradite him anyway, now that the migration service denied him the refugee status Mr. Saakashvili, as usually, did not appealed the verdict in court," Lutsenko said.

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He stressed that "there are no longer special conditions" that can prevent from deportation or extradition of Saakashvili.

As reported, Saakashvili decided to enter Ukraine on Sept. 10 by train to avoid turmoil at the Krakovets border crossing point. Intercity train from Przemysl to Kyiv was supposed to leave at 1:07 p.m. 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.

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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.

On Sept. 5, 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, former head of the Odesa region administration Mikheil Saakashvili.
 
 
 
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