Saakashvili urges Zelensky to readmit him to Ukraine citizenship

12 красавіка 2019 года. Міхэіл Саакашвілі на прэсавай канферэнцыі ў Варшаве. Фота – Аляксандр Папко

Georgian ex-leader Mikheil Saakashvili has turned to president Volodymyr Zelensky with a request to resume his Ukrainian citizenship.

The corresponding letter was delivered to the presidential administration by Saakashvili’s defense lawyer. According to the politician, the deprivation of citizenship was executed in violation of the Constitution and international law.

One cannot leave a person without any citizenship, he stressed in the letter. He does not need any positions and preferences, Saakashvili added.

In July 2017, president Petro Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship, as in 2015 Saakashvili had reportedly presented false information in the application for citizenship and did not disclose criminal record.

Saakashvili was also deprived of Georgian citizenship. His home country is demanding for him to be extradited back to Georgia. The court sentenced Saakashvili in absentia to 3 years in prison on power abuse charges.

In February 2018, masked men in uniform with the inscription ‘State Border’ detained the politician in the Suluguni restaurant in Kyiv. Then Saakashvili was taken to Poland on an aircraft owned by an offshore company Sky Center Holding Corp., which belongs to Petro Poroshenko.

The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that, in line with all legal formalities, Mikheil Saakashvili had been returned to the country where he came from [Poland –], breaking the Ukrainian legislation.

“This is called readmission – the return of an illegal immigrant to the country from which he came illegally,” the Ukrainian television channel TSN quoted senior source in local law enforcement.

Later, he left Poland for the Netherlands and sought Angela Merkel’s help. Then he promised to return to Ukraine.

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