Georgia not to extradite Saakashvili to Ukraine, – Deputy PM

112 UA Oct 4. 2021

It’s a nonsense in terms of the law, Tea Tsulukiani says

Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil SaakashviliTASS

Georgian government does not consider the option of extradition of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to Ukraine. The trial in his case will take place in Georgia. Deputy Prime Minister Tea Tsulukiani said so as cited by Imedi News.

“Speaking about the extradition of Saakashvili is legally a nonsense. If we’re talking about handing Saakashvili over to Ukraine for the Georgian court to judge him there – we have no intention to do that. This makes no sense”, Tsulukiani said.

She added that the verdicts announced by Georgian courts will be enacted in Georgia. Related: Georgian President says she will never pardon SaakashviliEarlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry claimed it would support Saakashvili in this case since he holds a Ukrainian passport. As is known, on October 1, Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili reported that he retuened to motherland after eight years of absence. Later that day, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakliy Garibashvili claimed that Saakashvili was detained and taken to the penitentiary facility.

EU calls on Georgian authorities and opposition to act with restraint and respect the rule of law

Mikheil SaakashviliOpen source

The European Union reacted to the detention of ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili after his return to Georgia. Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak reported this on his Twitter page.

“Following the return of former Georgian President Saakashvili to #Georgia and his subsequent arrest, the EU calls on both the authorities and the opposition in Georgia to act with restraint and respect the rule of law,” Jozwiak wrote.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1444735861552201739&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2F112.international%2Fpolitics%2Feu-reacts-to-saakashvilis-detention-upon-his-return-to-georgia-jozwiak-65494.html&sessionId=807303221d93dba3148d638c5716908ff27e320f&theme=light&widgetsVersion=fcb1942%3A1632982954711&width=550px

“Following the return of former Georgian President Saakashvili to #Georgia and his subsequent arrest, the EU calls on both the authorities and the opposition in Georgia to act with restraint and respect the rule of law. Fundamental rights and due legal process need to be respected, with transparent and fair judicial rulings, in line with the rule of law. All sides have a responsibility to engage in de-escalatory efforts,” Jozwiak wrote.Related: Georgian President says she will never pardon Saakashvili

“An inclusive parliamentary process, political stability and a judiciary that enjoys the trust of the Georgian citizens are prerequisites for Georgia to deepen its partnership with the EU in line with the Association.” he added.

Earlier, on October 1, Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page that he returned to his homeland eight years later. However, in the evening, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said that Saakashvili had been detained by law enforcement officers in Georgia and had already been taken to a penitentiary institution.

Later, the Office of the President of Ukraine said that they regard the detention of Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi as revenge against him.

Saakashvili was the president of Georgia for two terms. In 2013, when his party lost, and his second term finished, Saakashvili left the country and never returned. He lived in Europe, the US, and Ukraine.

As of now, Saakashvili does not have the citizenship of Georgia as he was deprived of it after ge did not process the dual citizenship during the obtaining of Ukrainian citizenship.

5 comments

  • Ukraine has few reliable friends. Georgia even less. So it’s disastrous that relations between these two victims of putler are being eroded by this affair.
    If Georgian Dream goes ahead with a show trial and locks him up on these absurd charges, what little support Georgia has in the west will evaporate and the nazi rodent will have another win.

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    • How does Saakashvilli’s appearance help the good guys in the upcoming election? It’s obviously a provocation but the government is pro-ruSSia. I don’t understand it.

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      • I don’t get it either Redders. He has claimed victory for his party and seemed to have risked all to arrive in Georgia on the expectation that Georgian Dream will concede, his party takes power and he is released.
        He is a mercurial character and I am a big fan, but he is reckless beyond normal.
        Incidentally, he posted a video on his FB page that he made in Kyiv before leaving. His companion in the vid is a beautiful young MP; Liza Yasko. On top of all the drama, he chooses now to tell the world that he is starting a family with this girl!
        I will put the latest stuff from Misha’s FB page up now.

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        • What do the average Georgians think about Saakash?

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          • He is highly respected. Loved even. His legacy is outstanding; he got rid of a corrupt pro-putler regime and actually expedited all the things he promised to do. Corruption (especially in the police) was smashed. Even now Georgia is far less corrupt than any other former SU country.
            He achieved tremendous economic growth, which is continuing to this day.
            He built up the tourist industry to what it is today. In particular, Batumi was transformed into a real Black Sea jewell.
            The Spa towns were revived and are now world class.
            Education was revamped : every kid learns English.
            Housing was improved, everywhere had excellent sports facilities and the quality of life improved.
            He was doing brilliantly, so the nazi rodent invaded, cooked up fake charges with Ivanishvili and he had to flee.
            The cunts took his property and his modest holiday home.
            In contrast, Ivanishvil has palaces and lives like the other Russian scum who act as custodians for criminal Russian money.

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