Georgia again asks Ukraine to extradite Saakashvili

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

The Georgian Prosecutor's Office has sent a formal request to the law enforcement agencies in some countries, including Ukraine, for the extradition of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, the Imedi TV channel reported on Friday citing a written reply from the Prosecutor's Office, according to TASS new agency.

Mikhail Saakashvili told The Associated Press in Warsaw on Thursday that he will attempt to cross from Poland into Ukraine at one of the land crossings on September 10.

His spokeswoman Natalia Semenova confirmed his plans to AFP via telephone.

The 49-year-old was Georgia's president from 2004-2013.

But he quit in November 2016 after a dramatic falling out with Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko when he accused high-ranking officials of blocking his efforts to tackle rampant corruption.

Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship in late July, paving the way for his possible extradition to Georgia where he is wanted on multiple charges.

The Ukrainian side repeatedly refused to extradite Saakashvili to Georgia.

He lost his Georgian citizenship when he was granted a Ukrainian passport in 2015, as the country bans dual citizenship.

But he eventually fell out with Poroshenko, who stripped Saakashvili of his citizenship by special decree last month while Saakashvili was overseas.

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