Georgia’s Justice Ministry expressed hope that upon the return of the ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to Ukraine, the authorities of the country will be able to begin the process of his extradition to Tbilisi. This was stated by Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani on air of Imedi TV channel, reports Georgia online.
“It’s not a political, but legal and investigative-prosecutorial process,” she said.
The Ministry also reminded that Tbilisi demanded that Saakashvili be extradited in 2014 and 2015, which, according to her, is accused of hitting the parliament deputy, misuse of funds of about 4 million dollars, dispersing a peaceful rally in November 2007 and involvement in the damaging of Imedi Television Company.
In April 2015, Ukraine refused to extradite Saakashvili, referring to the fact that his persecution in Georgia has political character. Mikheil Saakashvili received Ukrainian passport in May 2015, becoming the head of Odessa region. In November 2016, he left the post, declaring that he was unable to cope with corruption in the region, which is allegedly "personally backed" by the country's president Petro Poroshenko.
As it was reported earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko deprived Saakashvili of Ukraine's citizenship on July 26 by his decree. The State Migration Service of Ukraine confirmed this at the website. The department explained that Saakashvili lost the citizenship on the basis of the point 2, article 19 of the Decree on Citizenship, precisely on the basis of the false data that is indicated at the form. Saakashvili wrote that he is not under the investigation in Ukraine or in any other country but it is known that the former president was arrested in absentia in Georgia.