“The investigation established that the former heads of departments of operative activity of the Administration of State Border Service of Ukraine and a separate department of the Administration of State Border Service of Ukraine organized illegal detention of Mikheil Saakashvili and his departure to Poland in February 2018,” the SIB reported.
Besides, the searches in the territory of Odesa region and in Kyiv were held within the investigation.
The suspects face imprisonment for 3-8 years.
On May 28, 2019, Mikheil Saakashvili got his Ukrainian citizenship - again. This is mentioned in the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky who reinstated the citizenship of the former Georgian leader.
On May 29, Saakashvili returned to Ukraine.
On October 7, 2019, the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office opened criminal proceedings for the unlawful expulsion from Ukraine of Saakashvili.
On July 26, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko, by his decree, ceased Ukrainian citizenship of Saakashvili. On January 29, the Supreme Court began to consider the legality of this decision. On February 12, 2018, the border guards expelled the ex-president of Georgia from Ukraine to Poland as part of the readmission procedure.