Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Dec 09, 2017, 10:40
Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Press secretary of the "Movement of New Forces" Mariana Pochtar said in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda that law enforcers were raiding the tent camp set up by protesters supporting Saakashvili.

According to Ukrinform, Poroshenko is on a working visit to Lithuania on December 8 to participate in the tenth meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania.

Ukrainian authorities this week have faced accusations of deliberately sabotaging anti-corruption reforms, which are a key condition for global support for the country as it grapples with a Russian-backed separatist insurgency.

"They must be independent, protected from political influence".

He was speaking a day after activists and reformist lawmakers managed to derail parliamentary consideration of a bill - authored by lawmakers from Poroshenko's party and that of former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk - that would see the head of Ukraine's National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) removed.

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"Corrupt Empire Strikes Back" read the headline of the English language newspaper Kyiv Post on Friday.

Photo Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside the detention center where he was being held in Kiev.

Poroshenko vowed Saakashvili would be given a fair trial.

Saakashvili - the former Georgian president who became governor of Ukraine's Odesa region in 2015 but quit a year later and is now a vocal opponent of President Petro Poroshenko - thanked backers for their support in the tumult of recent days.

His detention was the latest twist in a prolonged feud between the Ukrainian authorities and Saakashvili, who has turned on his one-time patron Poroshenko, accusing him of corruption and calling for his removal from office.