Ukrainian Opposition Leader Saakashvili Flies to Netherlands

Violet Powell
February 16, 2018

The readmission of former Georgian President and leader of the Movement of New Forces party Mikheil Saakashvili from Ukraine to Poland was legal, but there are questions to the procedure for its implementation, according to Valeria Lutkovska, the Verkhovna Rada's human rights commissioner.

His lawyer Oscar Hammerstein told national broadcaster NOS that Saakashvili was now in Rotterdam to arrange his settlement in the Netherlands, which was approved by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service.

"It is, like always, good to be here", Saakashvili said to the NOS. I am here because of what happened in Ukraine.

"I want to stay a Ukrainian politician and fight the corruption". Saakashvili resigned his post as governor of Odessa, Ukraine to protest alleged corruption directed from the top of Poroshenko's government.

Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship while in the mid-2017, rendering him stateless.

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His Georgian citizenship had already been revoked after getting a Ukrainian passport in 2015.

Saakashvili called on the European Union and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in particular, to support him in his anticorruption campaign against Poroshenko, but has received little backing from Western leaders who have become wary of his increasingly erratic behaviour.

The former Georgian president, who was later a governor in Ukraine, had described his detention in Kiev by masked men and expulsion to Poland as a violation of global laws. According to Ukraine, Saakashvili was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore had to return to the country from which he had arrived.

Saakashvili is also wanted in Georgia for embezzlement and abuse of power, which he describes as politically motivated charges.

In the latest chapter of a high-profile, months-long saga, Saakashvili was arrested Monday by masked men at a restaurant in Kiev and put on a plane to Poland so quickly that his supporters hardly had time to do anything about it.

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