The US State Department is already aware that former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been detained in Georgia and is closely monitoring the development of events. This was announced by a representative of the State Department in a comment to Voice of America.
"We call on the Georgian authorities to ensure fair treatment of Mr Saakashvili, in accordance with Georgia's laws and Georgia's international human rights obligations," the State Department spokesman said.
Saakashvili, who lived in Ukraine for several years and was granted Ukrainian citizenship, was detained on Friday upon his arrival ahead of local elections. Despite him being sentenced to prison in absentia in Georgia, Saakashvili said he wanted to return to help “save the country” and called for post-election street protests.
Saakashvili was the president of Georgia for two terms. In 2013, when his party lost, and his second term finished, Saakashvili left the country and never returned. He lived in Europe, the US, and Ukraine.
As of now, Saakashvili does not have the citizenship of Georgia as he was deprived of it after ge did not process the dual citizenship during the obtaining of Ukrainian citizenship.