Saakashvili refused political asylum in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The former official received the documents on results of his inquiry
20:01, 1 November 2017

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The State Migration Service of Ukraine refused former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili political asylum in Ukraine, according to the document published by Espresso.TV.

The Service found that Mikheil Saakashvili isn’t threatened based on race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship (nationality), affiliation to a specific social group, or political convictions. He also failed to prove that his life, safety, and freedom are threatened.

“According to Article 8 of the law of Ukraine on Refugees and individuals in need of additional or temporary protection, we are informing you, Mikheil Nikolozovich Saakashvili that you are refused register of the documents on the issue of recognizing you a refugee or an individual in need of additional protection, due to the obvious groundlessness of the request. In particular, it’s the absence of  a reasoned threat of becoming a victim of persecution based on race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship (nationality), affiliation to a specific social group, or political convictions, as well as the failure to prove the threat to your life, safety, and freedom,” the statement presented to Saakashvili reads.

Related: Georgia expects concrete actions on extraditing Saakashvili from Ukraine

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.

Later on, Mikheil Saakashvili had also asked for political asylum in Ukraine, which he was refused.

Related: Saakashvili ignores regulation of his legal status in Ukraine, might get deported

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