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Ukrainian Foreign Ministry does not negotiate on Saakashvili's extradition

Such requests are made by the Ministry of Justice to the Prosecutor's General Office
14:14, 15 December 2017

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The Ministry of Foreign affairs of Ukraine does not participate in the negotiations on the possible extradition of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and former head of Odesa Regional Administration. Vasyl Bodnar, the Deputy Foreign Minister claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

'The Foreign Ministry does not hold the negotiations. Georgia is in my capacity but there were no contacts from the Foreign Ministry. Such requests are made by the Ministry of Justice to the Prosecutor's General Office. The Foreign Ministry does not participate in this process', Bodnar noted.

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Earlier the Georgian mass media claimed that the Ukrainian and Georgian officials may be holding secret negotiations in Belarus on extraditing of Saakashvili. According to their information, Vakhtang Gomelauri, Head of the Security Service of Georgia, is participating in the negotiations.

Pechersk Court of Kyiv refused the Prosecutor General’s Office to choose the home arrest as the restriction measure for Mikheil Saakashvili. Now the next court hearing is scheduled for December 14.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) called Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia for the questioning as the suspect in a few criminal proceedings at 9:30 am. on December 18.

As we reported earlier, on Friday night the enforcement officers detained ex-governor of Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili and took him to the Security Service department, where he was placed in a detention facility. He is accused of supporting a criminal group.

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On December 5, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced that the protests organized by Saakashvili had been financed by allies of ex-President Yanukovych. As proof, he made public the audio file, in which Saakashvili’s aide is talking to a trustee of oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko. Saakashvili called these accusations “fake”.

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