Georgia asks Poland to take measures against ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili

  • Process of depriving Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili of his Georgian citizenship has launched by the Justice Ministry of Georgia., 5 Aug 2017 - 10:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has addressed Poland to take measures against Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili who is paying a visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Having lost his Ukrainian citizenship a week ago, Saakashvili does not have any citizenship now and it is yet unknown what type of legal document he has used to travel.

Saakashvili, who served as Georgia’s third president from 2004-2007 and again from 2008-2013, is accused of:

  • violent dispersal of anti-government mass protests on November 7, 2007;
  • unlawful raiding of Imedi television company by riot police
  • illegal take-over of property owned by late media tycoon Badri (Arkadi) Patarkatsishvili.

In 2014 Saakashvili was officially charged in Georgia; however, by the time his case went through court he was already in Ukraine. However, if he returns to Georgia any time in future, he will face a court of law.

Prior to his visit to Poland, Saakashvili spent some time in the United States.