The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has launched an investigation on how Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili crossed into Georgia at the end of September, ahead of the October 2 municipal elections in Georgia.
The spokesperson of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service stated earlier today that several employees of the body were suspended.
However, he refrained from saying whether they have recordings of crossing the border by Saakashvili in the database.
Saakashvili is a citizen of Ukraine and currently chairs the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian National Reforms Council.
He published a post on Facebook on October 1 arguing that he was in Georgia and later uploaded several videos which were recorded in the port city of Batumi.
That same day the leaders of the ruling party-Georgian Dream stated several times that the videos were fake and Saakashvili lied he was in Georgia.
However, at the end of the day PM Irakli Gharibashvili announced at the briefing that the ex-president was arrested in Tbilisi and was taken to Rustavi prison No.12.
The Georgian Public Broadcaster’s (GPB) weekly analytical program New Week reported yesterday that Saakashvili allegedly entered Georgia’s Black Sea port city of Poti via Ukrainian private company UkrFerry’s boar Vilnius ‘hidden in a truck.’
Three individuals were detained in connection with the return of Saakashvili, Elguja Tsomaia, Zura Tsotsoria and Shalva Tsotsoria, for concealing crime.
Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013, shortly after the Georgian Dream coalition defeated his United National Movement in the 2012 parliamentary race.
He said he returned after eight years in political exile to mobilize his supporters and ‘save the country from the regime of the Georgian Dream’.
Saakashvili was convicted for abuse of authority back in 2018 and sentenced to six years in prison.
He has also been charged with four other cases related to illegal takeover of property, embezzlement, illegal rally dispersal and illegally crossing the border.