Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced the arrest of ex-president of the country Mikhail Saakashvili. Now he is placed in a penitentiary institution.
“I want to inform our society that the third president of Georgia, wanted by Mikhail Saakashvili, has been detained,” said Mr. Garibashvili at a briefing (quoted by TASS).
According to RIA Novosti, the ex-president was taken into custody. “Our law enforcement officers had preliminary information about his movement, from Ukraine to Georgia,” the agency quoted the prime minister as saying. Mr. Garibashvili did not specify exactly where the ex-president was detained, but said that he is now in a penitentiary institution. “Public Defender of Georgia Nino Lomjaria will visit Mikhail Saakashvili in Rustavi prison today,” Pirveli TV reports.
As reported in the Telegram channel “Sputnik Georgia”, Mikhail Saakashvili’s lawyer Bek Basilai claims that he cannot contact his client. “I do not have any specific information, although according to the law I should have been informed about it … We are trying to contact the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the prosecutor’s office and the penitentiary system, but have not received an answer yet,” Mr. Basilaya said.
Earlier, the ex-president of Georgia announced that he was going to return to his homeland on the eve of the municipal elections to be held on October 2. In Georgia, he was sentenced by a court to prison for abuse of office. He left the country in 2013.
On October 1, Mr. Saakashvili announced that he had returned to Georgia and was in Batumi. At the same time, the Georgian Interior Ministry told reporters that the department had no information that the ex-president was on Georgian territory.
The news is supplemented.
More details about the return of the ex-president – in the material “Kommersant” “Mikhail Saakashvili heard the call of the revolution.”