Ukraine to try and get Saakashvili back from Georgian prison, - Justice Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv is going to try every legal mechanism to settle the issue with Tbilisi
18:20, 19 October 2021

Justice Minister Denys Malyuska claimed that Ukraine will keep trying to bring Mikheil Saakashvili back from the Georgian prison, as he's still a citizen of Ukraine. Ukrainska Pravda outlet reported that on October 19. 

According to him, Ukraine will try every legal mechanism to settle the issue with Tbilisi.

"We will keep trying, but it's a good question whether they're going to let us do it (take Saakashvili back, - 112 International). He's not just the citizen of Ukraine, he's also a citizen of Georgia... But the Georgian government has repeatedly claimed they would not let us take him", Malyuska said.

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.

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

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: Opposition demands release of Saakashvili in central Tbilisi

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