Ukraine will not arrest or extradite ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

21st Nov 2017

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said that Mikheil Saakashvili, former Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region and former President of Georgia, will not face arrest or extradition after he returned to Ukraine in spite of his Ukrainian citizenship having been revoked.  Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on allegations of abuse of power and embezzlement during his time as President.

Lutsenko suggested that Saakashvili, who resigned as Governor of Odessa in November 2016, has “a residence permit or other document” that prevents his extradition.  Upon his resignation, Saakashvili accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of dishonesty and the country’s government of sabotaging his anti-corruption efforts.

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