Ex-Georgian president, wanted at home, becomes governor in Ukraine


Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, wanted by his nation’s prosecutors for embezzlement, abuse of energy and politically-motivated assaults, has been appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa area.

President Petro Poroshenko personally appointed Saakashvili to the publish, saying the previous Georgian chief is “a friend of Ukraine.” In an announcement at Saakashvili’s nomination in Odessa, Poroshenko mentioned the 2 had identified one another for 25 years, since college days.

According to Poroshenko, Saakashvili “has proven with deeds, not words that he can not only give birth to creative ideas, but also put them into practice.” He added Georgia’s ex-president had modified his nation “in the direction of transparency, effectiveness, anti-corruption, appeal for foreign investors, fair justice, protection of citizen’s rights, democracy,” one thing Poroshenko “would like to see very much” in Odessa.

Earlier on Saturday, Saakashvili was given Ukrainian citizenship underneath Petro Poroshenko’s private decree, revealed on his web site. According to the Ukrainian structure, solely a citizen can change into an official at governor degree.

Mikhail Saakashvili left Georgia in autumn 2013, days earlier than his presidential time period expired. He has been residing overseas ever since.

In spring 2014, Georgia’s new ruling coalition accused Saakashvili of embezzling a whole bunch of hundreds of {dollars} from the state funds. According to Georgian officers’ accounts, he spent the cash on events and costly presents for his nearest and dearest. Saakshvili denies the fees, saying the funds went to attracting overseas traders to the nation. Georgia’s prosecutors have began an investigation into the case.

There are a number of different prison instances ongoing in opposition to Mikhail Saakashvili. He is being accused of abuse of energy in the course of the crackdown on anti-government protests in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on November 7, 2007. He was additionally allegedly concerned in the assault on the opposition TV station Imedi, which was seized by Georgian particular forces on the identical day, and the appropriation of the founder’s belongings.

During his time period, Saakashvili personally managed the nation’s particular forces. After his opponents got here to energy, the power was faraway from the pinnacle of state’s direct command, and its paperwork declassified.

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