Ukrainian court rules to free Saakashvili

Ukrainian court rules to free Saakashvili

Ukrainian court rules to free Saakashvili

Mr Saakashvili was arrested on Friday over allegations that he colluded with Ukrainian businessmen tied to Russian Federation to topple President Petro Poroshenko. He denounced his prosecution as a political attempt to remove him from public life.

The judge noted that the court decided that "the prosecutor's petition in criminal proceedings. for a preventive measure in the form of round-the-clock house arrest for the suspect, Saakashvili, should not be satisfied".

"I consider myself a prisoner of Ukrainian oligarchs", Saakashvili said in an apparent reference to Poroshenko, a chocolate-and-candy tycoon who critics say has not sufficiently divested himself of his business interests.

He is under investigation for allegedly receiving funds from a fugitive businessman close to deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to launch a coup in Ukraine.

The decision was announced by a judge of Kyiv's Pechersky district court at a hearing on Monday, December 11.

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Saakashvili called for calm when police scuffled with supporters in the street outside and a smoke bomb was apparently thrown, saying that "we don't want confrontation".

Saakashvili rose to power in Georgia during the 2003 Rose Revolution that drove then President Eduard Shevardnadze from office.

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 Caucasus country.

Inside the courtroom Saakashvili called the trial "a shame" of current authorities that has inspired critical media coverage. "One awful article after another is the shame of Ukraine".

Georgia is also seeking Saakashvili's extradition to face charges there; the government in Kyiv on Monday told news agency Reuters that it was also considering this request.

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