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Ukraine's state security service resumes investigation against Saakashvili, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The investigation was suspended in March 2018; currently, the ex-Georgian leader flees from justice, hiding abroad
18:43, 21 March 2019

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Ukraine's SBU, the state security service resumed the investigation against ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili. Ruslan Chornolutsky, his lawyer, posted that on Facebook.

Specifically, the lawyer released a letter from the Prosecutor General Office, in which they mention that the investigation, conducted by the SBU Main Investigation Department in Kyiv region is resumed. 

The probe was suspended in March 2018 due to 'the need for adhering by the actions foreseen within the international cooperation'. It was resumed when it appeared that there was a need to carry on with the criminal proceeding.

Related: Saakashvili can return to Georgia, - media

According to UNN news agency, in February, the SBU got access to Saakashvili's case materials within the investigation into seizing power in Ukraine.

'According to the case materials, during the protest actions in Kyiv, radical protesters planned to use brute force, firearms and ammunition (grenades), smoke pellets, sticks, bricks, tires and gas in order to capture the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by storming it, on one of the days after October 17, 2017, while the MPs were present there. Their goal was to make the lawmakers vote for the impeachment of President of Ukraine and for the decision to disband themselves', the SBU's appeal says.

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

Previously, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said Saakashvili funded the protest actions in Kyiv, aimed at coup d'etat in Ukraine. He was said to have used the money of Viktor Yanukovych's sidekicks, especially, Serhiy Kurchenko. In December 2017, Saakashvili was detained and charged with aiding a criminal gang. The court sentenced him to 6 years in prison in absentia.

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