Prosecutors say Saakashvili needs visa to cross into Ukraine
Former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, whose acquired Ukrainian citizenship was earlier revoked, can return to Ukraine only after obtaining a visa, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin wrote on Facebook.
"Allowing Saakashvili (now a stateless person or, if confirmed, a holder of a passport of a third country) to cross into Ukraine is possible only after the visa has been issued. Any performances in the milieu of activists or the illegal border crossing provide 100% legal grounds to hold him liable under the administrative code, while persons contributing to such border breach would face criminal liability (and don’t say afterward that you haven’t been warned)," wrote Yenin.
Read alsoSaakashvili to apply to administrative court, ECHR due to revocation of Ukraine citizenshipThe official added that if Saakashvili is not personally present at court hearings in his “citizenship lift” case, this cannot be grounds for challenging the right to a fair trial, "since the right to enter a foreign state is not a right guaranteed by the Convention while the plaintiff can defend their interests through their lawyer."
Read alsoGeorgian prosecutors elaborate on charges against SaakashviliOn July 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, by his decree, stripped ex-president of Georgia, and former chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili of the Ukrainian citizenship he had been granted before taking up the Odesa post.