Ukrainian president arrives in Lithuania

Dec 09, 2017, 10:40
Ukrainian president arrives in Lithuania

Saakashvili's recapture follows a surreal game of hide-and-seek that saw him clamber on a roof to avoid law enforcement, before being broken out of a police van by protesters amid clashes with hundreds of riot police on Tuesday.

Georgia's third President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is charged with several crimes in Georgia, has been detained by Ukrainian security forces last night in Kiev.

"I assured the President that the IMF stands ready to continue to support Ukraine, along with other global partners, in the fight against corruption and encouraged the authorities to accelerate the implementation of reforms", she said.

Protesters defended the camp, which was set up in September, leading to clashes in which four policemen and an unknown number of civilians were wounded, Kiev police said in a statement.

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He was later freed from police custody by a crowd of his supporters.

General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who says Saakashvili is suspected of assisting a criminal organization, said the opposition leader had been detained by police in Kyiv and was in a temporary detention facility.

Mr Saakashvili said the recordings were fake.

"I am prepared to meet an investigator of the prosecutor in the tent city", he said.

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Prosecutors, who say Mr Saakashvili is being funded by businessmen close to Russian Federation, released audio and video recordings which they say proved he had received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the criminal group. Saakashvili denies the allegations against him.

Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in July while overseas and is now stateless.

Mr Saakashvili also faces the threat of extradition to Georgia, where he is wanted on corruption charges.

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