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Georgia could open case against Saakashvili for illegal border crossing, - PM

Source : 112 Ukraine

The former president may face six years behind the bars
16:31, 11 October 2021

Mikheil Saakashvili
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Georgia's Prime Minister Irakliy Garibashvili claims that ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili could face criminal proceeding in the case of violation of the state border crossing procedure. 

"Saakashvili will have to sped six years in our jail, according to the court verdict. President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili made herself quite clear: he would not be pardoned", he said as cited by Interfax.

The Premier added that Saakashvili's extradition to Ukraine is impossible. "First of all, no one asks to hand Saakashvili over to them. When he does his time, he can go to any country", Garibashvili said.

Related: Georgian Penitentiary Service calls info about Saakashvili's deteriorating health condition false

On October 1, the Georgian ex-president wrote on Facebook that he crossed the border of Georgia. Later that day, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakliy Garibashvili claimed that Saakashvili was detained and taken to the penitentiary facility. The Ukrainian side claimed it was an act of Georgia's "revenge" against Saakashvili.

Later, Deputy Prime Minister Tea Tsulukiani stated that the Georgian government does not consider the option of extradition of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to Ukraine.

On October 4, a Ukrainian consul visited ex-president and former Ukrainian lawmaker Mikheil Saakashvili in the Georgian prison.

Related: Saakashvili on hunger strike: Condition worsened up until walk and speak difficulties, - doctor

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