The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has issued a statement on the situation with Mikheil Saakashvili’s expulsion from Ukraine.
“As for the situation with M. Saakashvili. Today, Feb 12, operatives of the State Border Guard Service together with representatives of the Migration Service and National Police informed Mikheil Saakashvili on the decision of the competent body on his return to the country of his previous stay. However, during this process, unidentified individuals from Mikhail Saakashvili’s entourage attacked law enforcement officials. Border guards were forced to defend themselves and employed force support,” a spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service, Oleh Slobodyan, wrote on Facebook.
Read alsoPoroshenko says wouldn’t want Saakashvili deportedIt should be recalled that on September 22, 2017, the Mostysky Court of Lviv region recognized Saakashvili guilty of illegally crossing the border of Ukraine.
In January 2018, the District Administrative Court of Kyiv rejected Saakashvili’s suit against the State Migration Service over its refusal to recognize him a refugee.
On February 6, the District Administrative Court of Kyiv rejected Saakashvili’s appeal to the decision of the Migration Service refusing to register documents to recognize him a refugee or a person requiring additional protection.
In accordance with the above-mentioned judicial decisions, the person was staying in Ukraine illegally, and therefore, observing all legal formalities, he was returned to the country from where he arrived, violating the Ukrainian legislation.
As UNIAN reported earlier, citing TSN.ua’s sources, Mikheil Saakashvili was put on a chartered plane and flown off to Poland at around 16:00 on Feb 12.
Earlier on Monday, the politician was detained in a Kyiv restaurant.