Wednesday, December 6 2017 15:19 EET
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Wanted by the police after escaping from law enforcement officers Mikheil Saakashvili joins rally near Ukrainian parliament in Kiev
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Wanted by the police leader of the Movement of New Forces party, former head of Odesa Regional State Administration, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has joined the protesters holding rally near the building of the Ukrainian parliament.

Earlier the SBU and prosecutors raided an apartment where Saakashvili resides in Kiev. Saakashvili was detained following a rooftop chase in downtown Kiev. 

Ukrainian security forces arrested Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili following a rooftop chase in downtown Kiev. 

Later, Saakashvili was put into van, but supporters of the ex-governor beat him off from law enforcement officers, who blocked the minivan used to transport him downtown Kyiv. They broke windows on the left side and pulled a door of the vehicle to free him.

After that a spokesperson for the Ukrainian prosecutor general Larysa Sarhan claimed Saakashvili was suspected of committing a crime falling within the scope of three Ukrainian Criminal Code Articles.

"Saakashvili has been declared wanted on suspicion of committing a crime under Ukrainian Criminal Code Article 15 Part 1, Article 28 Part 2, and Article 256 Part 2," Sarhan said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Saakashvili is charged with an attempt to commit a crime, a crime committed by a group of individuals on preliminary collusion, assisting members of criminal organizations and covering their criminal activities, committed by an official or repeatedly.

The search for Saakashvili has been assigned to units of the National Police Service and the Security Service.

Asked why he did not come for questioning to the Prosecutor General's Office this morning, Saakashvili said he was willing to meet with the investigator and answer his questions in the tent camp outside the parliament.

"I want to say the following: I will not go to any 'pseudo-prosecutor general', he is an illiterate underachiever, he is illegal, I do not recognize him as prosecutor general," Saakashvili said speaking from the stage in front of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday.

Saakashvili said Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko "is a traitor of the Maidan."

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, commenting on the situation around the former governor of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, said he was stunned and shocked. 

“I thought it was hard to surprise me. But what the whole country saw yesterday was stunned and shocked,” quotes the Ukrainian leader of UNN.

“I thank the SBU and the GPU for their professional work to protect the national interests of the state. <…> The president and the government respect the right of citizens to peaceful protest, unlike the organizers who crave blood, which provoked siloviki, “Poroshenko noted.

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