Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-President of Georgia and former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, didn’t show up to the Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office for questioning. Nadiya Maksymets, Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office speaker, said this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“For now, we don’t know the reasons why he and his lawyers didn’t inform us about their absence. Moreover, it’s not the first time the prosecution authorities invite Mr. Saakashvili to explain this within an extradition check. His lawyers already canceled several hearing dates since the end of December, because they are engaged in other trials,” she said.
According to Maksymets, they will invite him for the interview again.
“I think we will invite him again, as this ensures his rights. A person, who is under an extradition check, can provide to the prosecution body the information and evidence on the reasons, which may prevent his extradition to a foreign country. We don’t know why he doesn’t want to use this opportunity. The extradition check will continue,” Maksymets added.
As it was reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, by his decree deprived Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship.
Kyiv District Administrative Court refused to recognize the decision of the Kyiv Regional State Migration Service of Ukraine as illegal. According to the decision, Saakashvili is not recognized as a refugee or an individual, who needs additional protection after losing Ukrainian citizenship. Tetiana Skochok, the judge of the Kyiv District Administrative Court announced this decision.
Tbilisi Municipal Court found Mikheil Saakashvili guilty for abuse of authority as a president of Georgia and sentenced him to three years of imprisonment on January 5. Saakashvili believes that Ukrainian authority accelerates the process of consideration concerning his status in Ukraine intentionally to have an official reason to extradite him from the country.
On January 26, Saakashvili said that Ukraine addressed Poland to help with his readmission.