Former President of Georgia and ex-head of the Odessa Regional Administration Mikheil Saakashvili commented on the statement of the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The latter compared his criminal prosecution in Ukraine to the way the Georgian authorities “prosecute” Saakashvili in Georgia.
Saakashvili, who is currently in a Georgian prison, posted Poroshenko’s response on his Facebook and refreshed his memory.
“Of course, I am flattered that my college classmate remembered me, but, apparently, in a hurry, he forgot that the first time I went to prison on his illegal order several years ago,” the politician said.
Saakashvili added that after Judge Larisa Sokol released her, Poroshenko began to persecute her as well, forcing her to resign. He, according to the ex-president, was thrown out of the country, almost “choking” at the same time.
The ex-president of Georgia added that he humanly wishes his opponent not to go to jail, but noted that he considers the analogies given by Poroshenko about persecution to be inappropriate. According to Saakashvili, he fought against corruption, while during the Poroshenko presidency, “corruption flourished like seaweed in the Odessa Sea.”
Recall that Poroshenko in Ukraine became a defendant in a criminal case, he is accused of high treason. The ex-president’s passport was confiscated, but he was not placed under arrest.
Under the presidency of Poroshenko, Saakashvili received Ukrainian citizenship and became the governor of the Odessa region, but then the politicians quarreled. In July 2017, Poroshenko issued a decree depriving Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship, then the ex-president of Georgia was expelled to Poland.
Saakashvili was able to return to Ukraine only after Vladimir Zelensky won the presidential election. The politician received the post of head of the executive committee of the National Reform Council of Ukraine.
Recently, Saakashvili secretly returned to Georgia, after which he was detained by the authorities. At home, a criminal case was initiated against the politician; in 2018, he was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison.
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