Saakashvili deported to Poland - border guards

Saakashvili deported to Poland - border guards

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Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who heads Ukraine's Movement of New Forces party, has been expelled to Poland, according to Oleh Slobodian, spokesman for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service. 

"Today, on February 12, servicemen of the State Border Guard Service, together with representatives of the State Migration Service and the National Police, notified Mikheil Saakashvili of the decision by a competent agency on his return to the country of his previous stay [Poland]. According to respective court decisions, this person illegally stayed on Ukrainian territory and, with the observance of all legal formalities, was returned to the country from which he arrived, by violating domestic legislation," he wrote on Facebook on Monday, February 12.

He added that unidentified individuals from Saakashvili's entourage attacked law enforcement agencies during the fulfillment of the procedure. Border guards were forced to defend themselves and used "force support."

On September 22, 2017, Mostyska District Court in Lviv region found Saakashvili guilty of illegally crossing Ukraine's border.

On January 3, 2018, Kyiv District Administrative Court rejected Saakashvili's lawsuits against the State Migration Service on his recognition as a refugee.

On February 6, Kyiv District Administrative Court again rejected Saakashvili's appeal against the State Migration Service's decision to refuse to issue documents for his recognition as a refugee or a person in need of additional protection.

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