Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili detained in Kiev by 'people in masks'



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Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was detained in Kiev on Monday by unidentified people in camouflage, his spokeswoman said, adding that the intention might be to deport him from Ukraine.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the detention, but last week his lawyer warned that he could face imminent deportation or extradition after he lost a court appeal.

The 49-year-old, who accuses the Ukrainian authorities of widespread corruption, may face extradition after his appeal for protection was rejected by a Kiev court on February 5.

A video posted on Saakashvili's official Facebook page showed several men in green military uniform approaching a man lying on the floor of a restaurant.

A few days ago, on February 9, Mikheil Saakashvili claimed that law enforcement was trying to kidnap him. "The kidnappers were in a white minivan", according to the post.

Speaking in a comment to the TV news service TSN, Saakashvili's associate, David Sakvarelidze, confirmed the politician's detention.

"According to some information, they were representatives of a special unit of the border service", she said, without giving further details.

Saakashvili, 49, became a regional governor in Ukraine in 2015 at the invitation of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

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