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Border guards ban Saakashvili from entering Ukraine until 2021

The politician’s defense is intending to appeal to this decision
20:54, 21 February 2018

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State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has banned ex-President of Georgia and former Governor of Odesa Mikheil Saakashvili from entering Ukraine until 2021, as Deputy Head of the border guard service Vasyl Servatiuk told Saakashvili’s lawyers.

In particular, the document says that the head of Mostytsky border guard unit decided to ban Mikheil Saakashvili from entering Ukraine until Feb. 13, 2021, and the Administration of the border guard service finds that it is done according to the Ukrainian law.

Saakashvili’s lawyer Ruslan Chernolutskiy told Interfax-Ukraine that they Ding such a decision unlawful and intend to appeal to it.

Related: Cassation Court suspends hearing on Saakashvili’s citizenship

Saakashvili himself wrote on Facebook that he would return much earlier than in three years.

As we reported earlier, Saakashvili was detained by the task force of the Border Guard Service in a restaurant in downtown Kyiv and sent to Poland. 

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. 

This way, Mikheil Saakashvili was staying in Ukraine illegally, so he was readmitted to the country where had come from according to all the jurisdictional formalities, the border guard service emphasized.

Related: Saakashvili sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment for abusing power in Georgia in absentia

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