Georgia's ex-President Saakashvili detained in Ukraine

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested in Ukraine late Friday, days after his supporters freed him from a police van in Kiev.

Ukraine's Chief Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said Saakashvili is now in preliminary detention facility.

His latest arrest marks another extraordinary twist in a long feud between Saakashvili and Ukrainian authorities.

Mr Saakashvili is suspected of receiving financing from a criminal group linked to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

He has said the charges against him are false, according to his lawyer, insisting that they are politically motivated. After he was freed, he urged the crowd to impeach Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, a former ally. Nevertheless, house arrest for the ex-Georgian president is not unlikely.

He won the subsequent presidential elections and was in office from 2004 to 2013.

Around 100 supporters of Saakashvili, the man who pulled Georgia out of Russia's orbit in a 2003 revolution before becoming a governor in Ukraine, gathered outside a police detention centre shouting "shame".

"I don't exclude that the inquiry may ask for extra expertise, including from worldwide organisations, to enhance trust", Poroshenko told reporters in Vilnius at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Michael Boiciurkiw, a global affairs analyst based in Kiev, said Sakaashvili's possible only option if Ukraine chose to deport would be to go to Poland.

"Sakaashvili has a tremendous ego but he has a lot of staying power", he said.

"This is like shooting steroids in a tiger".

He has since continued leading protests outside parliament demanding Poroshenko's impeachment over his failure to fight high-level corruption.

"A lot of analysts, including myself, see this as Poroshenko very desperate to keep attention away from the corruption".


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