Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia

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

General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who says Saakashvili is suspected of assisting a criminal organization, said the opposition leader had been detained by police in Kyiv and was in a temporary detention facility.

"We are planning to conduct an investigation and ask the court to set a bail hearing", Lutsenko wrote on Facebook. There he was made governor of Odessa by Poroshenko, a former university friend, but resigned after 18 months in protest over alleged efforts to stymie his anti-corruption drive.

Mr Saakashvili said the recordings were fake.

A judge also has the option of placing him under house arrest or releasing him on bail.

He was later freed from police custody by a crowd of his supporters.

Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia
Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Saakashvili has won broad popularity in Ukraine with his campaign against government corruption, riding a wave of public frustration over Poroshenko's failure to uproot endemic graft.

Saakashvili denies committing any crimes and says his actions have been peaceful and legal.Tuesday's drama marked the latest chapter in the dizzying career of a man who spearheaded a pro-Western "Rose Revolution" in Georgia in 2003 and fought a disastrous war with Russian Federation five years later that eventually prompted him to flee the small Caucasus country.

While Saakashvili has a core following, he enjoys limited support in Ukraine. Saakashvili and his backers camped out outside parliament, demanding the resignation of the Ukrainian president.

He surrendered his Georgian citizenship because Ukraine forbids its citizens from having dual nationalities, meaning Saakashvili has since been stateless.

"I'm ready to host their investigators here at the camp", he said.

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