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Saakashvili can return to Georgia, - media

Grigol Vashadze, one of the candidates for the presidency in Georgia, made a statement during his speech on October 28, which gives a possibility to a disgraced politician to return to his motherland
19:03, 30 October 2018

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Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and governor of Odesa region, Ukraine, can return to his motherland as Euronews reported.

Grigol Vashadze, one of the candidates for the presidency in Georgia made a statement during his speech on October 28, which gives a possibility to a disgraced politician to return to his motherland.

Related: I will return to Georgia, - Saakashvili

Vashadze originates from the United National Movement founded by Saakashvili and reached 37,7% at the current election. While his main rival Salome Zurabishvili got 38,66% of the votes.

However, the situation is not clear as the third partaker of the election, David Bakradze, with 11% of the votes claimed to support Vashadze in the case he enters the run-off vote.

Related: Georgian Court sentences Saakashvili to 6 years' imprisonment in absentia

The experts stated that Vashadze as the president can use the powers to pardon Saakashvili and Merabishvili, former interior minister of Georgia. Also, they said that the return of ex-president will be too controversial and can lead to some negative consequences.

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, revoked the Ukrainian citizenship of Saakashvili last July on the basis of the false data that was indicated in the form for the Migration Service.

Related: Saakashvili’s case: Court appoints handwriting analysis

On Sep. 22, 2017, the Mostysky court in Lviv found Saakashvili guilty of unlawfully crossing Ukraine’s border. In January 2018, the District administrative court of Kyiv refused Saakashvili’s appeal to the Migration service as to recognizing him a refugee. On Feb. 6, the court denied this claim again. 

As we reported on February 12, Saakashvili was detained by the task force of the Border Guard Service in a restaurant in downtown Kyiv. Also, Mikheil Saakashvili, a former Governor of Odesa region and ex-President of Georgia, was readmitted to Poland, from where he illegally came to Ukraine last September.

Later Saakashvili came to the Netherlands and got the ID card there that allowed living and working in the EU.

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