Mikheil Saakashvili, Ex-President of Georgia, Arrested in Ukraine, Again
MOSCOW — Mikheil Saakashvili, the previous president of Georgia, was arrested on Friday in Ukraine throughout a late-night police raid on an residence the place he had been hiding after his escape from custody following a rooftop wrestle with safety brokers this week.
Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s prosecutor common, stated in a Facebook submit that Mr. Saakashvili, the standard-bearer of a vociferous marketing campaign to take away the president of Ukraine, Petro O. Poroshenko, had been seized late Friday by cops in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and positioned in a pretrial detention heart.
Scores of Mr. Saakashvili’s supporters gathered in a single day outdoors the detention heart, which is operated by the home safety company, and chanted “glory to Ukraine” and different slogans. Vowing to remain till Mr. Saakashvili was launched, they lit fires in the road to maintain heat, simply as protesters did in the winter of 2013-14 throughout an finally profitable marketing campaign to oust Ukraine’s earlier president, Viktor F. Yanukovych.
Just a few hours earlier than he was detained, Mr. Saakashvili had referred to as for weekend protests in opposition to Mr. Poroshenko in Independence Square, an space in Kiev generally known as Maidan that was the middle of the sooner demonstrations in opposition to Mr. Yanukovych.
But few analysts anticipate Mr. Saakashvili’s supporters, who see the previous Georgian chief as a hero in the battle in opposition to corruption, to generate something just like the wave of discontent that toppled Mr. Yanukovych in February 2014.
Mr. Saakashvili has not but been formally charged. Mr. Lutsenko, the prosecutor common, this week accused him of receiving $500,000 for his political actions from a fugitive Ukrainian businessman near Mr. Yanukovych, who has lived in exile in Russia since his ouster.
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