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Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland

Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to PolandKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine to Poland on Monday after being detained by armed, masked men at a restaurant in Kiev and rushed to the airport, Ukrainian officials and his supporters said.



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Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili jailed in absentia

Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili jailed in absentiaA court in Georgia sentenced on Friday the country’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili to three years in prison in absentia for abuse of power. Saakashvili, who was president from 2004 to 2013, was found guilty of illegally pardoning four men who were convicted of the high profile murder of Georgian banker Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. According to the judge, Saakashvili promised the then chief of Georgia’s Constitutional Security Department to give the men pardons.



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Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader SaakashviliBy Alessandra Prentice and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian police recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday, prompting further protests in central Kiev by his supporters who freed him from police custody earlier this week. The development is the latest twist in a long feud between Ukrainian authorities and Saakashvili, who has turned on his one-time patron President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of corruption and calling for his removal from office. General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who says Saakashvili is suspected of assisting a criminal organization, said the opposition leader had been detained by police and was in a temporary detention facility.



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Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes

Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenesBy Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili freed him from a police van on Tuesday after his detention on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation led to clashes with police in Kiev. Once freed, Saakashvili raised a hand in a V-for-victory sign — a handcuff still dangling from his wrist as he stood in a melee of supporters. He then led protesters towards parliament, where he called defiantly for President Petro Poroshenko to be removed from office. …



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Supporters free Saakashvili from Ukraine police van: AFP

Supporters free Saakashvili from Ukraine police van: AFPHundreds of supporters of former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday freed the detained politician from a police van amid a showdown with officers in central Kiev, AFP correspondents reported. Earlier Tuesday Ukrainian security services arrested Saakashvili following his long-running feud with President Petro Poroshenko. With a handcuff on one hand and surrounded by the mass of people, Saakashvili urged them to march to the Ukrainian parliament and demand the impeachment of the president.



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Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili freed after dramatic rooftop arrest in Ukraine

Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili freed after dramatic rooftop arrest in UkraineFormer Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili has been freed by protesters after a dramatic arrest on the rooftop of his Kiev flat amid a feud with Ukraine's president.  The authorities had seized the firebrand politician, who served as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region between 2015-16, on accusations of trying to overthrow the government of his former ally Petro Poroshenko. But the botched arrest only galvanised support for Mr Saakashvili and led to ongoing demonstrations in the capital and a criminal case against his sympathisers in parliament. Mr Saakashvili had climbed onto the roof of his eight-storey building in downtown Kiev and threatened to jump when heavily armed security forces stormed his flat on Tuesday morning.   “Poroshenko is a thief! Poroshenko is a traitor to Ukraine!” he yelled before the troopers seized him and put him in a van. But protesters blocked the vehicle with other cars and makeshift barricades as the police attempted to quell the unrest with tear gas.   Police spray tear gas at protesters who tried to prevent a van from taking Mr Saakashvili away. Credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters After an hours-long impasse, the crowd broke open a side door and freed Mr Saakashvili. With handcuffs still hanging off one wrist, he called for protests to remove “Poroshenko and his whole gang” and led hundreds to the parliament building. While Mr Saakashvili addressed protesters outside, prosecutor general Yury Lutsenko told parliament that the Georgian ex-president had received $ 500,000 from a “criminal gang” led by former president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia amid protests in 2014. This was part of "Moscow's plan for a Russian winter in Kiev," he said. Mr Lutsenko played the MPs what he said was a recording of Mr Saakashvili agreeing to send a representative to meet Yanukovych associate Sergei Kurchenko, who was sanctioned by the European Union after departing Ukraine in 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the media at the end of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on November 24. Credit: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images The prosecutor said a criminal case had been opened against MPs who had “obstructed” Tuesday's arrest, including popular reformers Mustafa Nayyem and Serhiy Leshchenko. He said Mr Saakashvili, who has denied the allegations, must turn himself in and protesters must disperse within 24 hours. Jane Collins, a member of the European parliament from UKIP, briefly spoke outside parliament in Mr Saakashvili's defence. Mr Saakashvili is detained by agents of the security service of Ukraine. Credit: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters Since he forced his way across the Polish-Ukrainian border with supporters in September, the Georgian politician has been holding protests calling for the impeachment of his old university acquaintance Mr Poroshenko, most recently marching through the capital on Sunday.   Mr Saakashvili came to power in Georgia in the 2003 Rose Revolution, promising pro-Western reforms, but lost territory in a disastrous war with Russia in 2008. He was charged with abuse of office after he left in 2013.  He was tapped to head the region of Odessa in 2015, but had a falling out with Mr Poroshenko over the torpid tempo of reforms and accused the president of corruption.   Having stripped him of the citizenship he was previously granted, the Ukrainian authorities denied his application for asylum this autumn and said he is in the country illegally.  Supporters of Mr Saakashvili try to prevent security forces from taking him away in a van. Credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters



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