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 Saakashvili trial: police strengthen security outside court. PHOTOS

The Pechersk district court of Kyiv is to impose a pre-trial restriction on detained leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET from the court, the hearing of Saakashvili's case was scheduled for 12 p.m. Dec. 11.

The lawyers told Censor.NET correspondent that Saakashvili had already been brought to the courthouse.

The law enforcement officers have tightened security of the court: only the journalists are granted access to the courthouse.

In the meantime, several dozen Saakashvili supporters gathered outside the courthouse. Some of them hold posters demanding to release Georgia’s ex-president.

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Strengthened security outside the court

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The policemen have blocked the archway leading to the courthouse to deny access to Saakashvili supporters

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Activists gathered outside the court to support Saakashvili

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Photos by Oleh Bohachuk

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.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/p3038616
 
 
 
 
 
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