Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia

Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia
Ukrainian Police Recapture Former Georgian Leader Saakashvili
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10 December, 2017

Former president of Georgia says he has gone on hunger strike following his re-arrest in Ukraine's capital.

Supporters of Ukraine's top opposition politician clashed Wednesday with police who tried for a second time to arrest him, this time at a tent camp outside the parliament building in Kiev.

Sakaashvili is being investigated for alleged support of a criminal organisation, among other charges.

He is being investigated for alleged support of a criminal organization, and allegedly receiving money from deposed president Viktor Yanukovych, who is now exiled in Russian Federation, to start a coup in Ukraine. After he was freed, he urged the crowd to impeach Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, a former ally.

According to the National Police, Mikheil Saakashvili, who is charged with assisting criminal groups and covering up their criminal activities, was apprehended in a flat in Kyiv's Solomianka District and transferred to a detention facility.

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Sakaashvili gained global fame for leading the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia that forced President Eduard Shevardnadze to resign.

Around 100 supporters of Saakashvili, the man who pulled Georgia out of Russia's orbit in a 2003 revolution before becoming a governor in Ukraine, gathered outside a police detention centre shouting "shame".

Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship while on a trip to the United States in July, but forced his way back into the country in September. He also calls upon the worldwide organisations to follow the developments in Ukraine.

"Sakaashvili has a tremendous ego but he has a lot of staying power", he said.

Saakashvili has won broad popularity in Ukraine with his campaign against government corruption, riding a wave of public frustration over Poroshenko's failure to uproot endemic graft.


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