Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Saakashvili gathered outside the detention center where he was being held in Kiev. Credit Efrem Lukatsky

Saakashvili gathered outside the detention center where he was being held in Kiev. Credit Efrem Lukatsky

Perceived backsliding by Kiev on its reform commitments, including delays in establishing an independent court to handle corruption cases, has held up billions of dollars in loans under Ukraine's $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund programme.

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Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia
Ukrainian Police Recapture Former Georgian Leader Saakashvili

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denied on Friday interfering with the work of law enforcement bodies investigating corruption and he urged such agencies to refrain from playing politics.

The ousted committee head, Yegor Sobolev, said: "The former and present corrupt elite have colluded".

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The search of Saakashvili's home was conducted two days after his Movement of New Forces party organized a rally in Kyiv calling for Poroshenko's impeachment and for legislation that would allow it to take place. He also calls upon the global organisations to follow the developments in Ukraine.

"We are deeply concerned about recent attacks on independent anti-corruption institutions such as NABU and SAPO in Ukraine that threaten their ability to fight corruption and recover stolen assets", it said.

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In a televised briefing on Wednesday, Saakashvili - supporters see him as a fearless crusader against corruption - said he would not present himself to law enforcement officials, as requested by the General Prosecutor's office.

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, was arrested on Friday in Ukraine during a late-night police raid on an apartment where he had been sheltering after his escape from custody following a rooftop struggle with security agents this week. Saakashvili denies the allegations against him.

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He hasn't been formally charged, but prosecutors say he colluded with Ukrainian businessmen tied to Russian Federation to topple President Petro Poroshenko.

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