The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine opened proceedings on case of depriving of citizenship the former head of Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili. This was stated in the court decision published by Saakashvili in Facebook.
"Open the proceedings on the administrative case under the lawsuit of Mikheil Saakashvili to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on recognizing the Decree of the President of Ukraine №196/2017 of 27.07.2017 as illegal and its cancelation," the document says.
According to Saakashvili, the court appointed a hearing on this case at 10:00 on November 22,.
"Finally, after 3 months of fighting bureaucratic and kleptocratic arbitrariness, we were able to obtain documents on depriving me of citizenship and file a suit to appeal against illegal decree of the President,“ he noted.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine signed the degree on revoking Saakashvili’s citizenship this July, due to the false information that the latter gave while applying. In particular, Saakashvili didn’t specify he was wanted in Georgia.
Last month, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office began checking Georgia’s request to extradite Mikheil Saakashvili, which reached the Ukrainian authorities on September 5. Georgian prosecutor general’s office charges the ex-president with embezzlement and power abuse.
Mikheil Saakashvili had also asked for political asylum in Ukraine, which he was refused.
Ex-president of Georgia and former Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili says he has received the documents on revoking his citizenship.
“I’m going to court today or tomorrow. We’ve finally received the documents from the Presidential Administration concerning the citizenship. And we will appeal my revoked citizenship,” he said.
"I appealed against the decree of the President on deprivation of citizenship in court: if you want to go to court with me - let's go together to remind that I'm not alone," Saakashvili said.